Rain lashes Haflong, road communication cut off

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HT Correspondent

HAFLONG, June 12: Road communication between Haflong and Silchar was disrupted on Tuesday following incessant rain since Monday night. The rain water flooded the bridge in Dolaichunga near Harangajao on Tuesday.

Locals alleged that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has not given any importance to improve the Haflong-Silchar Road. The road condition has become worst due to the uninterrupted rains for the past few days.

Though the 25 km long Jatinga-Harangajao area of the Haflong-Silchar National Highway is under the NHAI, locals alleged that the authority has failed to reconstruct the road.

According to information, the highway expansion project in the Barak Valley was given to Silchar’s Lakshmi Motors Construction Company in December, 2017.

But the company did not do for the improvement of the road. Eventually, the travellers along with the locals have been suffering till date.

Due to improper drainage system, the road becomes inundated and muddy in just a half-an-hour of downpour.

Meanwhile, rainfalls over the past two days have also created trouble in the communication through Assam-Agartala National Highway.

Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded following the rainfall. The clearing works could not be done due to heavy rainfall. According to the locals of Dolaichunga Village, the road between Silchar-Haflong road often block due to Dolaichunga bridge as the culvert attached beneath the bridge are flooded by rain water.

“Vehicular traffic has been disrupted in both the ways with no vehicles from the either ways were unable to cross the roads. Landslides have also been reported from Atharamura, Chakmaghat and other areas in Tripura. Uprooted trees due to rains have also blocked the roads in Tripura,” said sources.

Normal life has been affected across Tripura where a number of villages and towns have reportedly been cut off from the district headquarters as the swollen river waters have inundated several roads.

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