Ukhrul, July 18: Ukhrul District Timber Association (UDTA) on Tuesday started repairing National Highway (NH-202) from Lunghar to Jessami village under Ukhrul district.
The stretch of the road, about 90 Km has been largely damaged due to erratic flow of water, left in deplorable condition. Villagers of Lunghar informed that one truck slipped near Jorcheng area 3 days back leaving the truck driver grievously injured.
Speaking to this correspondent, Working President of UDTA, Rin YL informed that the repairing work was initiated as a goodwill gesture seeing the transportation difficulties in the highway.
It might be mentioned that NH-202 is one of the most important roads that connects Manipur state capital with Nagaland via Ukhrul district. According to Rin YL, the members of UDTA and well wishers have contributed money for taking up the restoration of highway. He also expressed immense gratitude to 35 Assam Rifles for extending their help in repairing of the road. He further mentioned that the sunken portion of the highway and all potholes will be mended with stone gravel for immediate plying.
Heavy machineries including excavators and tumbler trucks are being deployed for repairing of the road. The road repairing work is estimated to take at least a week to complete.
Meanwhile, one of the truck drivers who was regularly plying on the road highlighted the ordeal of driving in area. The driver remarked that numerous good carriers truck ply on this highway in bad road condition in the absence of road maintenance for a long period. The repairing works initiated by Ukhrul District Timber Association is highly appreciated considering the transportation hardship of rural villagers living under Jessami and Chingai block of Ukhrul District, said the driver.
He further mentioned that NH-202 is the only lifeline for the people living in Raphei (Northern part of the district) that connects with Ukhrul district headquarters.
President of UDTA Rin YL while urged to take up immediate restoration of highway, appealed to the concerned department to look into the grievances of the people.