Landslide aftermath causes panic in two NE states

IMPHAL:  – Last Saturday, an 80 metre landslide blocked a national Highway. Seven days later, both Nagaland and Manipur are feeling the impact. Rumours that it will be two months before things can return to normal have started to circulate causing panic and hoarding.

The heavy landslide on National Highway 29 in Nagaland has begun to hit normal life in both Nagaland and Manipur as it has severely affected vehicular movement on the route since last one week.

The landslide measuring around 80 metres near the Kisama Naga heritage village in between Mao (Manipur)- and Kohima (Nagaland) sector of NH 29 which took place on Saturday, had forced suspension of regular movement of Manipur-bound goods trucks.

As a result, the prices of essential commodities have increased. With no sign of improvement landslide-affected highway that connects Manipur with the country, the fuel outlets here have run out of stock since today. The outlets here are witnessing long queues of vehicles to fill their tanks.

Sources in Nagaland said that the repair of the damaged area of the highway will take at least two months. Transporter bodies have urged the Nagaland and Manipur Governments besides the Centre to restore normal traffic on the route at the earliest.

“We are requesting the Central Government and the concerned State Governments to take immediate steps to ease the hardship of the people in view of the landslide”, Bhupen Chandra Ghosh of Drivers and Transporters body here said.

Meanwhile, a high level meeting of the State Government here on Thursday has directed all the trucks stranded near Kohima due to the sinking of a portion of the road to make a detour through 225 km Imphal-Jiribam Road via Dimapur and Silchar. The meeting decided that the stranded trucks will be given full security protection through the Imphal-Jiribam road.

Union Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh is likely to visit the State on July 21 and oversee the road construction works on the Imphal-Jiribam route.

[Sent by intern Deb Burman from Silchar]

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