Monsoon worsens road conditions in Nagaland

Monsoon worsens road conditions in Nagaland
Lack of drainage to absorb rainwater renders a stretch of road slick with mud after rains in Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/6/2018 12:11:47 AM IST
As monsoon rains batter most parts of Nagaland between July and September leading to landslides at many places, travelling by National Highway (NH) 29 will be a herculean task in the days to come. All these will only add to the current ordeal of getting stuck in traffic snarls for hours on end.
Though it normally takes two or two-and-a-half hours between Dimapur and Kohima by road, currently it is taking anywhere between four to five hours largely due to errant drivers creating traffic snarls, especially in narrow sections. It is high time traffic police act against such indiscipline drivers causing great inconvenience to fellow travellers.
Ever since work began for converting it into a four-lane road, the condition of the existing road has worsened due to earth cutting, while in some parts it has been deluged by mudslides and landslides. The bumpy condition of the road is only giving nightmares to travellers, especially expectant mothers and patients with history of spinal problems. 
Construction of the four –lane from Dimapur to Kohima covering a length of 42.48 km was approved at a cumulative cost of Rs 1,199.11 crore.  It may also be recalled that a nationwide cleanliness survey christened ‘Swachh Sarvekshan 2018’ and conducted by Union housing & urban affairs ministry has put Nagaland in the third spot, behind Puducherry and Tripura as among the dirtiest States in the country. 
However, implications of the latest ranking are perhaps yet to sink in among a vast section of the government as most still turn a Nelson’s eye to the woes of the common man having in accessing primary needs of healthcare facilities, education, drinking water, good infrastructure, etc. 
If all the RTI applications filed with almost all the departments are taken into consideration with regard to irregularities and acted upon, then the system of governance would be perhaps vastly different as adequate measures would halt the downslide. 
Investigations by media has also not led to corrective steps as law makers assume they have the ‘mandate to do anything’. 
The near-crumbling infrastructure in Kohima, which was included in the smart city project, perhaps best epitomizes the State’s dismal scenario. Against such a backdrop, whether the State Capital will indeed become a smart city remains to be seen. 
With incessant rains lashing the State Capital in the past few days, pedestrians are having a harrowing time having to walk over slippery and muddy roads, such as one near PHQ junction and Mohonkhola area. Their woes get further when mud is splashed on them by a fast moving car. 
Kohima town’s sewerage system is also poorly planned and not constructed to suit the need to cater to a growing population and so unable to take the load of an exponential growth of population any longer. 
All in all, the need for a cleaner town with better roads and drainage system is paramount and there is no vision needed to do what is needed.  Perhaps the various stages of planning for infrastructure development needs proper feasibility study before these are put into action.

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