NH-2 in Manipur reopens for traffic

NH-2 in Manipur reopens for traffic
Vehicular traffic along NH-2 resumed with the completion of diversion route on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 28 | Publish Date: 10/28/2020 1:08:52 PM IST

Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-2 reopened on Wednesday for vehicular movement with the completion of the diversion route.

The highway, the lifeline of Manipur, remained cut-off for the last four days owing to a massive landslide at Khongnem Thana in Senapati district on October 23 evening.

The landslide had completely damaged around 50 meters stretch of the road which compelled authorities manning the highway to cut a temporary diversion route for resumption of normal vehicular movement.

State PWD and BIEPL manning the highway swung into action to construct the temporary diversion road by pressing their available manpower and machineries to undertake restoration work.

The officials of the state PWD estimated the completion of the diversion route would take at least a week.

The work was however completed ahead of the expected schedule, said state PWD chief engineer Thongbram Rabindrakumar who informed about the re-opening of the highway for normal vehicular movement from Wednesday morning.

He attributed the early completion of the work due to the full-cooperation extended by the villagers, district administration and district police.

The chief engineer lauded the generosity of the villagers who readily agreed to acquire land required for cutting the diversion road that would be affected by the construction of the diversion route.

However, he said that state PWD along with the BIEPL have consulted for reconstruction of the damage stretch of the road using geo-textile technology.

Central highway authority will send experts for the necessary survey to begin the repairing of the road that had been brought down by the massive landslide, he added.

Meanwhile, with the reopening of the highway, vehicles, particularly light vehicles stranded since the day of severe landslide have left the area except very heavy loaded vehicles.

Heavy vehicles including Imphal-bound loaded trucks have also proceeded for their respective destinations, reports said.


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