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Infrastructure restoration: Working on a war footing, says DC Kohima

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: May 30, 2024 12:04 am
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Kumar Ramnikant in his office on Wednesday in Kohima. (EM Images)

KOHIMA — The Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Kumar Ramnikant, said that the authorities are assessing the damages in and around the district following the incessant rain and strong winds that wreaked havoc on May 28.

Speaking to Eastern Mirror at his office on Wednesday, the DC said that they are “working on a war footing” to assess the situation. He added that that the restoration work of the bridge on National Highway-2, between Viswema and Jakhama, would begin if the rain subsides by Wednesday evening.

He noted that the bridge, which serves as a lifeline for commuters, connecting Kohima with the state of Manipur via Mao Gate, was significantly damaged.

Stating that precautionary measures have been issued to the public to avoid travelling across the bridge, particularly at night, he anticipated the completion of restoration work within a week if the inclement weather subsides.

He said that upon the commencement of the restoration work on the bridge, regulated traffic will be allowed during the day. However, due to the critical condition of the bridge, two-way traffic will not be permitted to prevent any unwarranted incidents. Additionally, night traffic will not be permitted.

He apprised that engineers have been assessing the safety of the structure (bridge) and will carry out restoration work accordingly.

Citing incidents of trees falling on vehicles and damage to utility poles and PHED pipelines in Kohima district, Ramnikant said restoration efforts are in progress and all concerned departments are monitoring the situation closely.

He also said that there have been no injuries or casualties reported in Kohima.

He went on to say that officers and members of the disaster management team have assessed the damages caused by the natural calamity throughout Kohima district and will be submitting a detailed report for necessary action.

Meanwhile, the DC urged citizens to exercise caution and take utmost care during this unpredictable weather. He also mentioned plans for mass social work in a matter of a few days in the district, particularly focusing on cleaning drains and waterlogged areas.

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By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: May 30, 2024 12:04:12 am
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