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Landslides disrupt NH-52 traffic

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, June 24 � Road communication along the National Highway-52 has remained snapped for the second day today with massive landslides triggered by incessant rain continuing to block the thoroughfare at Banderdewa, forcing the authorities to divert the traffic flow through the Laluk-Bihpuria-Narayanpur road.

The NH-52, considered to be the lifeline of northern Assam as well as Arunachal Pradesh including its capital Itanagar, has remained blocked since Sunday night following the heavy rain-triggered mudslides badly blocked the highway near the Ganga-Jamuna Mandir there.

All the vehicles including the long-distance passenger buses from Assam�s Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts and Arunachal capital were diverted through the Laluk-Bihpuria-Narayanpur road.

Even though the highway was made through for sometime on Monday evening but landslip blocked the highway again, totally bringing the traffic movement to a grinding halt.

Men and material resources including earth movers, bulldozers were seen being pressed into action to clear the road on a war-footing.

After the whole day�s hard work, the highway was made through around 4.30 pm for the traffic.

Informed sources said that even if the main road was made through for normal traffic, it appears to be a challenging task for the Assam PWD, which maintains the highway, as the road may get blocked again in case heavy shower.

Meanwhile, drinking water supply at Naharlagun and Nirjuli has been disrupted after the main water pipeline near the Youth Hostel at Naharlagun was badly damaged by landslides triggered by torrential rain last night.

Though the repairing work of the damaged pipelines is going on, it will take at least 3-4 days to restore the water supply, according to a source.

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