Single lane traffic at Old KMC dumping site as sinking continues

Single lane traffic at Old KMC dumping site as sinking continues
Sinking area along NH-29 near Old KMC dumping site. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/8/2019 11:57:50 AM IST

Sinking on NH-29 at the old KMC dumping site, about some 7 km from the State Capital, continues, even as work is on in full swing under the aegis of Public Works Department (PWD) to open the road for vehicular traffic. 

The stretch has been opened for vehicular traffic since July 5, but only during evening. Vehicles from Kohima are being diverted towards Jotsoma village route via KMC toll tax booth, while those coming from Dimapur are being diverted towards the Jotsoma bypass during the daytime.

Interacting with Nagaland Post at the sinking site, PWD (NH) Kohima division superintending engineer Er Yanbemo Lotha PWD (NH) Kohima division executive engineer Er Vikhishe Yepthomi said the stretch was opened for traffic only from 6 p.m. onwards as per the directive from the police. They recalled that the sinking problem was faced at the same location (some 250 metre stretch affected) in July last year when the stretch was being maintained by Border Roads Organisation. And as per the directive of the State government, the PWD had then taken over the road in the first week of August and took around three months to restore the traffic in the sinking area.

However, the same area sank for about 50 metres again this month. 

Both the officials explained that they were monitoring the situation and trying their best to restore it and make it pliable. They were, however, apprehensive that if the rain continued, then no one could ascertain how many days it would take to restore vehicular movement on the stretch.

One PWD official said opening a single lane was possible but, due to repairing, no vehicular movement could be allowed at the moment during the day. 

Although the department was trying every means possible to make the road pliable, the official said the sinking area had become unstable and that the department could not take the risk of allowing movement of vehicles. 

Currently, road construction machineries have been pressed into service and works are on in full swing to clear loose soils and filling up with boulder stones, while bamboo are being used as retention walls to prevent soil erosion. 

However, it is likely to take some more time before normal traffic resumes through the affected area.

After heavy rainfall, a stretch of NH-29 near the old KMC dumping site submerged and sank nearly two metres on July 4, forcing authorities to divert vehicles from Dimapur towards Kohima to Jotsoma bypass.

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