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KOHIMA: The landslide at NH-29 between Phesama and Kigwema has worsened, with the highway still completely cut off and 45 houses being evacuated. The affected highway is the lifeline for many villages of the Southern Angami region and also for Manipur state.

BRO officials informed that inclement weather condition has been disrupting the road clearance work. The BRO stated that it is working hard to make the road pliable in the shortest possible time, while maintaining that realignment or by-pass connection are proposals for the long run.

Minister for Roads & Bridges, Y Vikheho Swu while expressing concern over the massive landslide, assured all possible help for early restoration of the road. Personally inspecting the affected area along with Additional Chief Engineer and Engineers of PWD (R&B) Department this afternoon, the Minister interacted with the 2nd-in-Command of BRO and leaders of Phesama Village Council.

Swu appealed to the BRO for early restoration of the road as the said highway is under BRO. He also requested the BRO to locate ways and means to realign the road or construct a by-pass as the present route would continue to sink even in the future.

On the proposal of Phesama Village Council for connecting the agri-link road without linking to the landslide area, which would be an alternate for light vehicles, Swu assured to provide the machineries to do the works. He informed that the state government has accepted the long-pending proposal of Phesama Village Council for fresh cutting and construction of new exit route for Naga Heritage Village Kisama.

He said that the department would execute the work through the Phesama Village Council once the rainy season is over. The new exit route to Kisama would stretch about two kilometers and connect to NH- 29, he added.

The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) led by ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi also visited the affected site and provided relief materials.

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