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The poor condition of NH-54 is making it impossible for trucks to ply on the stretch between Sairang and Kawnpui
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MIZORAM

Mizoram trucks stay off NH-54 to protest poor road conditions

Stretch of crucial highway between Sairang and Kawnpui is in a dilapidated condition and not fit for heavy vehicles to ply on, lament truckers’ bodies of the state

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Responding to a call given by Mizoram Truck Owners' Association (MTOA) and Mizoram Truck Drivers' Association (MTDA), all heavy trucks in Mizoram stayed off National Highway-54 indefinitely from Thursday to protest against bad roads.

The indefinite strike is likely to hit the business sector the most.

Speaking with EastMojo, MTOA general secretary Dina Tlau said they observed an indefinite strike on the National Highway 54 between Sairang and Kawnpui.

He said the NH-54 between Sairang and Kawnpui is in complete deplorable condition and not fit for heavy vehicles to ply on. He added that the bad road conditions are affecting not only their vehicles but are also risky for commuters.

Tlau said that they have appealed to the state government several times to repair the road but to no avail. "We will continue with the strike till the government repairs the road," he said.

Chief minister Zoramthanga, who also holds PWD, told leaders of the two organisations that the government has already floated tender to repair the dilapidated road and selected a contractor for the purpose.

Although work order is yet to be issued, the contractor has been instructed to start the repairing work, he told the associations.

NH-54, which links Aizawl with neighbouring Assam's Silchar, is the lifeline of Mizoram. However, business sector and public were not affected on the first day of the strike.

The bandh, if continues, is sure to affect public life and the commercial sector.