Manipur’s main lifeline Imphal-Dimapur road remains cut off

Over 200 vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the damaged road.

Manipur’s main lifeline Imphal-Dimapur road on NH2 at Khongnem Thana in Senapati district of Manipur that was damaged by heavy landslide remained cut off on Sunday.

Caused by incessant rainfall in the last few days, massive landslide damaged the National Highway-2 linking Manipur with Nagaland, at Khongnem Thana. The landslide has caused a depression of almost 40-50 feet in length and 30 feet in depth bringing the traffic along the highway to a grinding halt.

Over 200 vehicles, including loaded heavy vehicles and light vehicles, remained stranded along the highway on both sides of Khongnem Thana, which is located approximately 12 km north of Senapati Police Station.

For the past few days, several states in the entire Northeast region, including Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam ansd Tripura have been recieving incessant rainfall. The IMD forecast heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in isolated parts of the region on Monday.

Meanwhile, an agreement was reached between government officials and owners of standing properties affected by the landslide for compensation of destroyed properties among others.

The agreement was reached after a meeting regarding landslide affected stretch at Khongnem Thana was held Saturday afternoon at community hall, Khongnem Thana. During the meeting, measurement of land and plots along with standing properties were read out and confirmed. It was agreed that compensation of affected land will be given at the rate of Rs 230 per sq ft and the valuation of standing properties will be done as per rules.

According to the agreement signed by chairman of Khongmem Thana and SDO/BDO of Tadubi, detailed measurement and assessment is to be completed by October 26 and valuation is to be done for the standing properties. It was also agreed that the work on the restoration of the NH-2 shall be started with immediate effect in public interest and the village approach road will be constructed by PWD.

The agreement was reached in the presence of Addl Chief Secretary (Works), government of Manipur; DC Senapati; additional chief engineers of PWD; ADM Senapati, SDPO Senapati; village authority and affected land owners.

 

First Published:Oct. 25, 2020, 9:28 a.m.

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