Kohima landslide cuts off Imphal route
Kohima, July 15 (EMN): The crisis of roads and highways in the state continues to deepen further as the National Highway 2, connecting Kohima and Manipur, got completely cut off today at Viswema village.
Following the complete cut-off of the National Highway 29 at Peducha last week on July 9, this has come as another blow, at a time when the state is undergoing through a rough phase of public inconvenience caused due to landslides.
Talking to Eastern Mirror, general secretary of Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) Virasetuo Neikha, who hails from Viswema village, informed that the NH 2 got completely cut-off early this morning at around 2.30 am adding that many vehicles have also been stranded on the highway.
Incessant rain since the past couple of weeks has resulted to the soil erosion. It was informed that the said portion started to sink deeper day by day, and it worsened yesterday evening. By midnight, it was reported that the road fully collapsed, only to add misery to the travellers.
Neikha, however, informed that fresh cutting for an alternate route has begun today by the BRTF, SEWAK. An engineer from the BRTF is said to have told the SAYO leaders that it will take almost a week for the new route to become functional.
In hearing the news about the cut off, SAYO has mobilized its volunteers to assist the travellers, while the villagers of Viswema are also rendering their best to help the commuters since this morning, it was informed.
Meanwhile, commuters heading towards Mao Gate have been advised to take the route via BSF Viswema and Sakhabama. Even for return, the same route remains as the only option for commuters, it was informed.
Following the landslide, SAYO has cautioned all the taxi drivers to avoid taking extra fares from commuters. From Kohima to Viswema (Sinking portion), the fare has been fixed at Rs 50, while It will be Rs 20 from Viswema to Khuzama.
Informing about fares, SAYO has asked all commuters to report it to the youth body if any taxi drivers charge extra fares from what is being fixed.
Till the fresh cutting for the alternate route gets completely, SAYO has requested the public to cooperate in all possible way.