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NH-29 road restoration work under progress

NH-29 road restoration work under progress
(L-R) SDRF personnel clearing the clogged drainage and restoration work of landslide area under progress on Tuesday. (NP)
DIMAPUR, JUL 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/10/2018 11:53:01 PM IST
Following the sinking of a section of the NH-29 below M/s Avilie fuel depot in Kohima on the intervening night of July 7 and 8, the state government machineries have initiated massive restoration works on a war-footing.
In a press release, Kohima District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) informed that clogged drainage below the affected portion of the road that posed a serious threat to further soil erosion and sinking had been cleared by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel. Two houses affected by the landslide had been dismantled by SDRF personnel and emergency relief materials were distributed to the two affected families by ADC Kohima. 
However, the DDMA said incessant rain was hampering the progress and pace of the work. It warned that continuous rain could trigger more landslides in the adjacent areas that were highly vulnerable and prone to landslides. 
Stating that fresh cutting of the road by PWD (National Highways) began during the day, DDMA, however, clarified that the exact duration of time needed for completion of the work could not be ascertained at the moment as it depended on multiple factors. Until then, DDMA said total vehicular movement had been restricted in those areas.
Meanwhile, the ADC appreciated land owners, affected families and colony organisations for extending their support and providing all necessary assistance to the operation teams. The ongoing work is a collaborative effort of Kohima DDMA, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, PWD (NH) and Kohima district administration.
Kohima correspondent adds: Speaking to Nagaland Post at the landslide area Tuesday evening, Executive Engineer PWD (NH) Vikishe Yepthomi, said road restoration works including draining of water and construction of protection structure would be able to complete in about three weeks.
EE informed that Geological Survey of India (GSI), which collected the soil sample for study and observation on Tuesday, would send the report to the PWD (NH) after getting the result.
He informed that commissioner and secretary works and housing Bendangkokba, ADC Kohima Lithrongla, district disaster management and others visited the site. 
ADC Kohima Lithrongla told this correspondent that there was no shortage of essential commodities including fuel supply in the state capital till Tuesday. She said oil tankers and trucks upto 10 tons are allowed to ply via Peducha. ADC appealed to the public not to be panic about the shortage of commodities.

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