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Arunachal: Hoj-Potin Road in Dangerous Condition due to Landslides

Itanagar, July 16, 2019:

More than 500 vehicles were stranded for at least three hours on the Hoj-Potin road in Arunachal Pradesh’s Upper Subansiri district on Tuesday.

Rain-triggered landslides and mudslides have been occurring on a daily basis on the road, which is affecting the movement of vehicles coming from Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Lower Subansiri, Kamle and Upper Subansiri districts of Arunachal.

Several vehicles are stranded and forced to line up in queues for hours every day on the Hoj-Potin road. Very often, private earth movers (JCB vehicles) are hired to clear the mudslides, with the motorists having to bear the hire charges.

The hire charge is collected from every vehicle owner or driver stranded on the road and handed over to the JCB drivers. The general opinion is that commuters should avoid travelling on the road unless they have urgent reasons to do so.

It is to be mentioned that landslides, triggered by incessant rains over the past few of days and have disrupted road communication in several parts of Arunachal Pradesh and also hit normal life, official sources have said.

Similarly, in Mizoram, landslides have made many places inaccessible to the general public.

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