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Landslide on NH-29 snaps links between Dimapur and Kohima

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Aug 5 - The National Highway 29 between Dimapur and Kohima remained cut off for the second day on Monday following a major landslide at the Kohima Municipal Council old dumping site on Sunday.

The highway connects Nagaland�s commercial hub Dimapur with capital town Kohima and also serves as a lifeline to several districts of the state and neighbouring Manipur.

The Kohima district administration said light vehicles were being re-routed via Jotsoma Bypass Road. However, there was no option for heavy vehicles at the moment. After the highway was cut off, a large number of heavy vehicles, including trucks carrying essential goods to Manipur, were stranded on both sides of the affected area.

National Highways chief engineer Kezha Theunuo said the landslide occurred in two locations along the stretch of the highway. He said the road formation below the landslide area has been completely washed away and it would take time to restore it. The only option was to undertake a fresh cutting, he said.

A new alignment of the road will be required at the site and officials have called the land owners for assessment. Till the time the area is widened, vehicular passage will not be possible.

State PWD National Highways division executive engineer Vikeshe Yepthomi, along with Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie inspected the area.

Thejawelie said the authorities had checked the viability of Peducha-Tsiesema road but found it was not fit for heavy vehicles.

Meanwhile, several landslides occurred in the capital town. Landslides cutting off vehicular traffic and causing damage to fields and property were also reported from different parts of the state over the weekend following torrential rains.

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Landslide on NH-29 snaps links between Dimapur and Kohima

DIMAPUR, Aug 5 - The National Highway 29 between Dimapur and Kohima remained cut off for the second day on Monday following a major landslide at the Kohima Municipal Council old dumping site on Sunday.

The highway connects Nagaland�s commercial hub Dimapur with capital town Kohima and also serves as a lifeline to several districts of the state and neighbouring Manipur.

The Kohima district administration said light vehicles were being re-routed via Jotsoma Bypass Road. However, there was no option for heavy vehicles at the moment. After the highway was cut off, a large number of heavy vehicles, including trucks carrying essential goods to Manipur, were stranded on both sides of the affected area.

National Highways chief engineer Kezha Theunuo said the landslide occurred in two locations along the stretch of the highway. He said the road formation below the landslide area has been completely washed away and it would take time to restore it. The only option was to undertake a fresh cutting, he said.

A new alignment of the road will be required at the site and officials have called the land owners for assessment. Till the time the area is widened, vehicular passage will not be possible.

State PWD National Highways division executive engineer Vikeshe Yepthomi, along with Kohima Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie inspected the area.

Thejawelie said the authorities had checked the viability of Peducha-Tsiesema road but found it was not fit for heavy vehicles.

Meanwhile, several landslides occurred in the capital town. Landslides cutting off vehicular traffic and causing damage to fields and property were also reported from different parts of the state over the weekend following torrential rains.