MPP's NH 53 inspection team returns from halfway
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, July 08 2010: Very bad condition of NH 53 has deterred the MPP's inspection team from covering the entire Imphal-Jiribam section of the highway and compelled the team to return from Nungba today.

The team led by MPP president, Dr Nimaichand Luwang, left Imphal for survey of the road conditions on NH-53, returned from Nungba due to allegedly inaccessible road condition.

The team had planned to travel upto Jiribam.

However, the team met with the Executive Engineer, 83 Road Construction Coy, Rajendrakumar at Noney before the decision to back from there was taken.

MPP president Nimaichand Luwang talking with Executive Engineer, 83 Road Construction Coy, Rajendrakumar

During the meeting Dr Nimaichand Luwang conveyed the executive engineer on the desire on people to convert NH 53 as mainlife line to procure essential commodities to the state and asked the reason for remaining incomplete in improving the highway.

He also informed him on MPP's unwillingness in handing over the charge of maintenance of NH 53 to the state government.

The Executive Engineer of 83 RC COY while told the visiting team that the total length of stretch as 221 miles, which is divided into two portions for its maintenance and construction works, the Imphal to Barak with length of 145 was reported to be under his supervision.

Besides this, some landslides on his area of responsibly of stretch, there have no hindrance in travelling saying that bad road condition at which transporters are facing difficulty is at 71 mile long stretch between Barak to Jiribam.

When the team reached at Nungba at around 3 pm they were informed not to proceed further by the Nungba Police Station as the road condition ahead was in shambles, the president said.

The team was told of difficulties that are likely to face while proceeding further as the raod was blocked due to landslides at Sibilong, Nungdalan, and Santi Khullen starting from 27 mile.

The team also picked up three students who were stranded there on their journey to Tripura Engineering College on the way back to Imphal.

Dr Nimaichand Luwang further informed that he has learnt that it would take around seven day in covering to and fro from Imphal to Jiribam.

He also alleged that the worsen road condition on the stretch was due to the negligence of the state government adding that as a result of it people are facing hardships despite lifting of economic blockade.

He pointed out that if the government is serious on the suffering it could have arranged alternative means to relieve public from the hardships.