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Poor highways affect transportation to Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 7 | Publish Date: 11/7/2019 12:01:04 PM IST

Manipur has been cut off from the rest of the country so far as land routes are concerned.

While normal movement of goods vehicles along the Imphal-Dimapur section is yet to be restored, plying of all kinds of vehicles along Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 has been suspended after a loaded truck was stuck on a wooden bailey bridge across the Makru River.

The wooden planks of the bridge broke while the loaded truck was crossing the bridge. Authority manning the highway has removed the truck and repairing of damage wooden planks has already started. 

The normal vehicular movement on the bridge is likely to resume after the completion of repair of the bridge. The replacement of broken wooden planks was in progress till the time of filing the report. Owing to the damage of the bridge, hundreds of vehicles coming from both sides of the highway remained stranded at several places, reports said.

Mention may be made that due to the bad condition of the Imphal-Dimapur section of NH-2 in Nagaland where upgradation of the road to four-lane was in progress, NH-37 is being used to ferry essential commodities and petroleum into the state

Meanwhile, reports said that around 150 Imphal-bound loaded trucks were being stranding along the NH-2 in Nagaland’s Josuma By-Pass since the last around one month. The trucks were stranded after the highway was badly damaged by landslide coupled with road construction work.

Even as by-pass road was being used as diversion road, heavy vehicles were not allowed to move. As such, the Imphal-bound vehicles remained stranded for the last around one month, according to All Manipur Road Transport Drivers’ and Motor Workers’ Union (AMRTDMWU).

AMRTDMWU general secretary Maimom Anil said that members of the union recently visited the site where Imphal-bound vehicles were stranded. The AMRTDMWU team along with members of Nagaland Surface Transport Eco and Environment have also distributed rice, dal and other essential to the drivers and truckers there.

The general secretary appealed to the Nagaland government to speed up repairing works of the road so that the trucks may proceed.

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