Mudslip-hit road awaits repairs

Nagaon, May 31 : The road between Dima Hasao district and Silchar, which has remained paralysed since last Wednesday after landslides, could not be repaired.

Sources from the Dima Hasao district autonomous council said efforts were on to clear the road but continuous rain and poor infrastructure were hampering repairs.

Since Wednesday, landslides continued in the district’s Rekha area, 25km from Dima Hasao district headquarters town of Haflong, blocking the road link between the hill district and the Barak valley town.

“The landslide did disrupt train services but it was restored immediately. At present, only the road is blocked but the trains are running as usual,” a source said.

The 185km road between Lanka in Nagaon and Silchar through the hill district is prone to landslides. The route, which is part of the proposed East West corridor, was handed over to five construction companies in succession five years ago. Four construction companies left the site after frequent attacks on its employees by the Jewel Gorlosa faction of the Dima Halam Daogah.

“The government should solve this problem. At least, solid RCC walls on the rock face can block mudslips. The companies should be hired back so that the proposed four-lane highway with anti-landslide measures could be finished on time,” said a source of Dima Hasao district police.