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Dimapur-Kohima road reopened to vehicular traffic

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, July 20 - Vehicular traffic has been restored for both light and heavy vehicles along Dimapur-Kohima road (National Highway 29) with immediate effect more than 10 days after a portion of the road that sunk near Kohima was partially repaired.

Hundred of stranded trucks loaded with essential items and passenger vehicles were seen passing through the road on Friday after trial run of heavy vehicles on Wednesday and Thursday. Mudslides due to incessant rain had sunk the portion of the road to about 10 feet below the original level, completely cutting off traffic since July 8.

National Highway 29 is the lifeline of the two States of Nagaland and Manipur.

Dimapur police restricted plying of heavy vehicles bound for Kohima and Manipur from Dimapur and weighing more than 10 tonnes beyond Chumukedima inner line permit check gate after sinking of the stretch.

Vehicles were diverted to alternative routes � heavy vehicles via Peducha-Chiesema village and light vehicles via Jotsoma bypass � as the authorities grappled to pave a fresh road through a portion of private land and houses above the damaged highway.

In a release, Kohima police said traffic on the said stretch of the highway would be regulated for smooth passage of vehicles and requested the commuters to bear with inconveniences.

The Kohima additional deputy commissioner�s office said only single-lane traffic was being allowed for the time being as construction of a retaining wall and drainage are still on.

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