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‘Landmine blasts at Chümoukedima endangering life’

By EMN Updated: Mar 06, 2020 11:14 pm

Dimapur, March 6 (EMN): The Tenyimi Youth Organisation Dimapur (TYOD) has said in a letter to the deputy commissioner (DC) of Dimapur that the Dimapur-Kohima road landmine blasts at Chümoukedima hill area being undertaken by the construction company of the four-lane project is endangering the life of the commuters and public.

Requesting the district administration to take necessary action at the earliest, the organisation wrote that powerful landmine blasts at the hill section of Chümoukedima area to break the sandstone mountain has become a daily activity.

‘However, it is observed that, now most of the blast was done besides the old road of the National Highway that results in blockage of the Highway for an indefinite period of time which is another harassment faced by the commuter,’ the letter read, citing blast at 4:30 pm on Thursday that brought down heavy sandstone and completely blocked the road. It added that the road was opened to traffic only after 10.30 pm.

The organisation claimed that the contractors were carrying out landmine and surface cutting works from “bottom to top” instead of “top to bottom” just to save time and energy despite putting the lives of the public at risk besides creating untold misery to the public, which it said was “uncalled for”. It added the artificial cliff created by the landmine blasts above the National Highway could collapse anytime.

While requesting the authorities to inspect the location and take necessary action to avoid any man-made disaster, the TYOD said the construction company, the engineer and the district administration will be held responsible for any untoward incident if corrective measures are not taken.

By EMN Updated: Mar 06, 2020 11:14:19 pm