More updates on Traffic in NH-2 restored after massive landslide that cut-off the routes to Manipur
Imphal, Oct 28: National Highway-2 that connects Imphal and Dimapur which was cut off since Friday, October 23 after landslide has been reconnected. Earlier, earth on a 50 metres long portion sank at Khongnem Thana located at about 15 kms from Maram due a landslide after heavy rains. The highway cut-off the surface transport along the Highway and vehicular traffic remain stranded.
Stranded trucks and other vehicles have resumed movement on the highway since this afternoon after an alternate route was prepared. Engineers of Bharatia Infra Project Limited (BIPL) started constructing a new road; 10 metres wide and 110 metres long, in lieu of the sunken portion since last Sunday.
In view of the vital importance of Imphal-Dimapur highway for transporting essential commodities to the State, BIPL engineers started constructing a temporary structure by sending in necessary machinery.
Even though the highway has been re-connected, the newly constructed highway section is not yet a permanent structure.
Design analysis is being done to further develop the particular section as a permanent structure.
One BIPL official informed that it is not yet clear whether the sunken portion should be restored by building a retaining wall and re-levelling the surface but there is no space for further acquisition on the side of the hill slope.
On the other hand, subsequent upon the sinking of the highway section, the IOCL’s State Level Coordinator wrote to the State Government on Monday to allow movement of oil tankers and LPG trucks with CRPF escorts on Imphal-Jiribam highway.
However, as Imphal-Dimapur highway has been reconnected, convoys of oil tankers and LPG trucks escorted by CRPF would take their usual route through Mao.