Kohima, July 8: Torrential rain has triggered landslide near Kohima cutting off Kohima with the commercial hub of the State, Dimapur.
Landslide occurred on National Highway-29 below Para-Medical Colony Sunday morning due to the incessant rain.
Another landslide also occurred at PWD junction which has affected a portion of NH-29.
With today’s landslide the main lifeline of Manipur and parts of Nagaland has been affected. But authorities are trying to regulate the movement of traffic through alternative routes and advised travelers to follow the instructions for smooth flow of vehicles.
PRO Kohima Police and Additional SP Talisunep Imchen said that due to incessant rain, the stretch of NH-29 below Avile Petrol Pump has been completely cut-off while another massive landslide has occurred in hospital colony.
Taking stock of the situation, Nagaland Public Works Department Minister Tongpang Ozukum along with District administration, police, officials from the State Disaster Management and PWD engineering officials visited the affected areas and inspected the possible alternative roads to be taken.
The Minister speaking to some media personnel at the spot informed that the State Home Minister, who is also in-charge of Highways, had earlier visited the site and instructed the police, administration and disaster management that the road should be a one way arrangement. He said the down vehicles going towards Dimapur should be taking the Jotsoma road while the up vehicles coming from Dimapur is to take the Peducha road.
In regard to restoring the highway, the Minister said the only alternative is to divert the road cutting through some portion of private land and houses above the damaged highway. In this regard, the Minister said the District administration, State Disaster Management and highways department will meet the landowners for possibilities.
While saying that everyone concerned are on the job and survey are being done by the contractors, the Minister said that he and his Department officials inspected the alternative roads including Peducha Dzüza Bridge, and accordingly give a report to the administration to issue proper directive or notification for traffic movement in and around the capital town.
Expressing his deep concern on the inconvenience caused to the public due to the landslide, the Minister said the main cause of the disaster is due to water logging, saying that land owners are reluctant to give land for water to flow down. The Minister said, “If people want good roads they should understand and be ready to part with their land.”
Ozüküm said everything is being done by the concerned department with proper supervision from the administration as well as support from the contractors. He said that he on behalf of the road sector and on behalf of the Home Minister is on a war footing to restore the road and connectivity since it is everyone’s road. He further said that the State PWD is ready to extent all possible help towards the cause.
Massive landslide has also occurred near PWD junction and Merhulietsa colony of Kohima town.
There is also fear of more landslides along NH-29 due to the ongoing four-lane work. (Page News Service)
Traffic advisory for Kma-Dmr road
Dimapur, July 8: In view of landslides cutting off the stretch of NH-29 below Avile Petrol Pump near Kohima, the Kohima Police will enforce the following traffic regulations for heavy/medium & light vehicles with immediate effect till further order.
Light and medium vehicles going down to Dimapur from Kohima will take the road via Jotsoma village to by-pass road, while heavy vehicles will take the road via Forest Colony to by-pass Road.
Light and medium vehicles coming to Kohima from Dimapur will take the Peducha to Chesema route.
Kohima police informed that plying of all heavy vehicles on NH-29 to and fro Kohima and Dimapur will be restricted till the cut-off stretch of the highway is restored. (Page News Service)