— Movement allowed from 7 am to 10 am & 2 pm to 5 pm
— State Govt asked to explore legal actions against erring contractors
Dimapur, February 11: Following Governor RN Ravi’s intervention, the traffic restrictions on the Dimapur-Kohima highway (between Chathe River Bridge/Patkai Bridge to Kukidolong) will be opened from February 12 onwards for a total of 7 hours in two batches.
The decision was made after the Governor reviewed the ongoing traffic restrictions on NH-29.
In the meeting, the Governor expressed deep concerns over the untold hardships meted to the public due to continuing traffic restrictions on the highway. He conveyed his displeasure to the contractors for reckless rock blasting, which is the cause of the heavy rock slide.
The Governor also advised the State Government to explore legal actions and hold the erring contractors accountable for their reckless acts.
According to a Raj Bhavan press release, after elaborate deliberations and due regard to the safety needs of the commuters, the meeting decided that total restriction on traffic was no longer required and hence the highway will be opened for the commuters – for both way traffic between 6 am and 10 am and 2 pm and 5 pm everyday from February 12.
The NHIDCL was also asked to ensure that the contractors place enough resources on the ground and take sufficient measures to stabilize the rocks and clear the debris without delay. Dimapur District administration was asked to review the situation after one week for further easing the traffic.
The meeting was attended by ADGP & Special Secretary (Home), SR Saravanan; DC Dimapur, Rajesh S; Commissioner of Police Dimapur, Rothihu; Executive Director (P),NHIDCL, Kohima, MS Deol; Engineer-in Chief, NPWD, Kohima, Er. Limatongdang Jamir and Chief Engineer (NH) NPWD, Er. KezhaTheünuo.
Meanwhile in a circular, DC Dimapur informed that traffic movement will be allowed along the Dimapur-Kohima road stretch in two windows from February 12 till further orders.
The DC informed that only light vehicles will be allowed to ply from 6 am to 10 am, while from 2 pm to 5 pm, both light and heavy vehicles will be permitted.
(Page News Service)