Dimapur, August 7: The Jotsoma Youth Organization (JYO) will restrict vehicular movement on Jotsoma Bye-Pass Road (Victory Road) on August 10 from 7 am to 5 pm for repair works on the occasion of Chada Nyi.
However, vehicle carrying school going children and students of Kohima Science College, Jotsoma and Sazolie College will be exempted during school and college hours.
Chada Nyi is the unique festival of cleaning roads and paths leading to fields. The festival is celebrated by the villagers’ right after paddy cultivation season by cleaning village roads as well as clearing footpaths leading to fields.
Jotsoma Bye-Pass Road is an important road connecting Kohima with Dimapur as every year during monsoon traffic are diverted to the road due to landslides at NH-29. For the second time this monsoon, vehicles are now being diverted to the Bye-Pass road to reach Kohima due to landslide on NH-29.
In a press release, JYO president Khrieto Peseyie and secretary Rokozhalie Gwerie said the unrepaired and unmaintained road is causing frequent avoidable accidents and breakdown of vehicles on the road causing untold sufferings to travellers.
Villagers have been repairing the Bye-Pass road and the village road by filling up potholes for many years on the occasion of Chada Nyi, the festival of cleaning roads and footpaths in public interest, it said.
The JYO informed that this year the organization will be focusing in the repair of village road from Kohima, Dimapur, Khonoma tri-junction near St Andrew’s Church Jotsoma till the welcome gate at Tsieyie Dzu stream, Science College-Kohima Road.
“Though this road has been a vital link road to Kohima, especially during emergencies as is being faced at the moment, the road remained neglected and unrepaired for more than two decades,” it lamented.
The JYO reminded that in 2014 the road was black topped by villagers with the assurance from the Government that the entire expenditure incurred by the villagers shall be reimbursed. “The villagers through their own sources mobilized Rs 1.60 crore and on completion of the road by mid-April, 2014 submitted the bill to the Department, Sadly, successive governments failed to reimburse even a single rupee till date,” it said.
For the August 10 work, the JYO informed that the Jotsoma Stone Crushers Union has volunteered to supply all stone chips required for repairing the village road, while the Jotsoma Truck and Excavator Owners have volunteered their machineries to carry and clear the debris on the road free of cost.
Notifying the closure of road on August 10, the JYO informed that for any emergencies, commuters can contact JYO volunteers or 9612161116, 9436875905, 8119962922 or 7005607282.
JYO further informed all travellers on Bye-Pass road to contact the above numbers anytime for any help – be it mechanical in case of vehicular breakdown or otherwise. It also requested travelers not to litter the roadside, especially with plastic waste as the village has been endeavouring to keep the village plastic free. (Page News Service)