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Fri, 14 Dec 2018

Northeast Today

JAC Starts Repairing Guite Road at Churachandpur in Manipur

JAC Starts Repairing Guite Road at Churachandpur in Manipur
February 26
14:47 2016

Citing negligence by the government, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) against Anti-Tribal Bills has formed the Manipur Tribal Movement Road Construction (MTMRC) committee and the committee is taking up repairing works of the Guite Road passing through Churachandpur on NH 102 (B) on its own and the money has been donated by the public.

“All the Hill Districts of Manipur other than Lamka/Churachandpur district are connected by all-weather roads to neighboring states (including Sagiang Division of Myanmar) from where essential commodities can be transported without passing through the Imphal Valley.

However, all items of daily needs for Lamka/Churachandpur district have to come through Imphal as this is the only
viable road for transportation of goods from the rest of the country.

Citizens of Lamka/Churachandpur town in particular and Lamka/Churachandpur district in general have been bearing the brunt of the incessant bandhs and strikes,” says a press release by the JAC.

“There are two National Highways that pass through the district – NH 150 (Tipaimukh Road) and NH 102B. Although the condition of NH 150 is better than that of NH 102B, due to the unstable condition of the bridge over Tuivai River at Sipuikawn, goods have to be transported over the river using rafts.

Guite Road plays a pivotal role in the economic and political connectivity of the tribals of southern Manipur.

But traveling on Guite Road from Singngat to Tuivai River bridge in the Mizoram-Manipur border belies its National Highway status.

There are stretches on this road, where there is practically no trace of any Government handiwork or intervention.

This is more so in the 14-km stretch of Guite Road (NH 102B) from Sinzawl village to Tuivai River bridge connecting Mizoram where it is practically impossible for use by trucks and even four-wheel vehicles.

During the last monsoon, it can take up to three days for vehicles to cover this 14km stretch of
road due to its pitiful conditions,” the press release added.

The main chunk of funds for the MTMRC’s work comes from various tribal churches who have either donated or pledged to donate sums of money including their Sunday offerings towards the road construction activities.

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