Kohima, Aug 23: A part of the National Highway 39, between Zubza and Kohima, remained submerged for the 17th day today, with over 140 goods-laden trucks stranded at the Zubza side, awaiting their turn to move forward to various places of Nagaland and Manipur.
The NH 39, the lifeline of Nagaland and Manipur, has remained inundated since August 7, following heavy rainfall and a huge chunk of the road has been sinking continuously.
Meanwhile, the Border Road Task Force (BRTF) personnel, appointed to look after the maintenance of the Highway, have so far been unable to repair the road and are only dumping boulders and earth on the sinking portion to enable the movement of traffic.
The Kohima police, maintaining the traffic on that stretch of the road, has been allowing only small vehicles and some small trucks with essential commodities and perishable items and bulldozers are helping them cross the area.
Police said that some of the trucks are carrying goods beyond their capacity, but due to want of the Weigh Bridge, they are compelled to allow the vehicles through the sinking area.
Meanwhile, there is no shortage of any essential commodities in the capital town so far, with only a rise in prices of the commodities, but there is shortage of LPG cylinders, which some of the hoarders are selling at Rs 700 per cylinder.
Nagaland has been experiencing very heavy rainfall this year, following which landslides re reported from almost every district of the state. The Kiphire district has remained cut off for about a month due to landslides on the main linking roads and was facing shortage of essential commodities.