After a landslide washing away about 150 metres of National Highway 2 about 22 km south of Kohima, Manipur main supply line remains cut off for the second day. The authorities said that it would take three more days to fix an alternative functional route.
“The landslide has been massive, leaving practically no trace of the National Highway for about 150 metres. While the Border Roads Organisation is working round the clock to create a new alternative passage, it is unlikely for heavy vehicles to resume plying between Kohima and Imphal,” Kohima deputy commissioner Rajesh Soundararajan said, reported Indian Express.
Only light vehicles have been permitted on a village road used as a tentative by-pass route, although heavy vehicles remained immobile. Supply of essential commodities including petroleum products to Manipur through NH-2 has been severely affected. Movement of essential commodities to Manipur through the circuitous Guwahati-Shillong-Silchar- Jiribam route has also remained restricted due to floods in southern Assam.
Routes between Dimapur and Kohima in Nagaland have also been hit by landslides a few days back.
“Light vehicles including smaller vehicles with essential items have been permitted through two alternative village roads in order to keep the supply flowing,” Soundararajan said.