Weather to decide Imphal–Dimapur link
Newmai News Network
Phesama, July 24
THE Border Road Organisation (BRO) has assured that the repairing work on the sinking portion at Phesama on National Highway-29 (Imphal-Dimapur road) near Kohima will be completed within two weeks, depending on the condition of the weather.
Manipur Works minister Kh Ratankumar today visited the site to oversee works. He was accompanied by officials of PWD, including Additional Chief Engineer (NH-29), Principal Secretary (Works), Ram Muivah, Mao constituency MLA Dikho and members of Transporters and Drivers’ Forum.Ratankumar speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the his visit, said he impressed upon the Commander, 15 BRTF the need to accelerate the repair work on sinking portion which has hit the people of Manipur.
So far work on the landslide portion, about 175 m has been damaged by landslide. The BRTF official said heavy rains are allowing only two hours of work a day. And when the rain stops, the movement of light vehicles along the stretch disrupts work. Despite the odds, BRTF is hopeful of completing the repairing work within two weeks. The BRTF now proposed to begin a 24×7 repair work on the NH.
Later, Ratankumar inspected the 8 km long inter village road stretch from Mao to Kidima to use it as a temporary bypass for transporters. The narrow inter village road section is on a slope, and is not suitable for loaded trucks to ply. But goods laden vehicles carrying up to 10 tons will be allowed to pass.
Meanwhile, stranded empty heavy vehicles have started to ply through the damaged portion at Phesama.