3900 Men Put To Task On NH-53, But Condition Deteriorates, BRO’s Claim Fails To Cut Ice, State Govt Not Amused

IMPHAL, Jul 5: Whereas the condition of NH-53, Imphal–Jiribam section is going from bad to worse, 765 BRTF Commander Yadav has claimed that BRO has been deploying 3900 strong and able bodied man to work on the highway. The BRTF commander made this claim to the high power committee headed by the State Chief Secretary under the Union Cabinet Secretary of the Government of India, conveyed a reliable...

NH-53 Continue To Cut Sorry Figure, Jiri FCI Godown Crippled

IMPHAL, Jun 20: Apart from seeing no signs of improvement in the condition of Imphal–Jiribam stretch of National Highway-53, functioning of FCI at Jiribam continue to remain crippled due to lack of required infrastructures causing lots of inconveniences to the transporters. Along with a team of media persons, representatives of the NH-53 Truck Owners’ Association recently conducted a tour to...

60 Trucks Stranded In Assam As Blockade Chokes NH-53, Jiri Demand For District Intensifies

A file picture of NH-53 and map of Jiribam sub-division. Image Credit: Sangai Photo IMPHAL, Jun 13: At least sixty loaded freight trucks bound for Imphal have been stranded at Jirighat in Assam as the five-day economic blockade on National Highway 53 entered the third day today following the demand for a full fledged Jiribam district intensified. Jiribam is situated on the Manipur-Assam border which...

FCI Truckers Opt For NH-53

IMPHAL, May 29: Trans-porters engaged in shipping rice and other PDS items under Food Corporation of India (FCI) to Imphal have opted for NH 53 (Imphal-Jiribam road) permanently as their route. A decision to this effect was adopted during a get-together function of con- tractors, truck owners and drivers held today at Kyamgei Heibong Makhong in Imphal East district. Speaking to media persons, sub-contractor...

Centre Yet To Hand Over NH-53 Task To PWD, Delhi Forgoes Idea Of Developing NH-53 Along BOT Model

IMPHAL, May 19: The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has reportedly withdrawn its earlier proposal of developing National Highway 53 passing through Manipur under the BOT model along with inclusion of the work in Phase-IV of National Highway Development Project (NHDP). According to an official source, the Ministry has communicated to the Public Works Department of the State Government...

Delhi Man Assures No PWD On NH-53

IMPHAL, May 17: All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) has extended its gratitude to Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs (NE in-charge) Shambu Singh for visiting Tamenglong and interacting with the people on May 12 at the district headquarters where the Central officer assured many development works for the district. In a statement, joint secretary of AZSU-AMN S Stephen...

Land Owners’ Body Warns Of Agitation Along NH-53

IMPHAL, May 16: Land and Properties Owners’ Association NH-53/39 Senapati and Tamenglong districts has threatened to launch agitation if the State Government fails to compensate them under the provision of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894. A press release said that their land on both sides of the NH 53 from Keithelmanbi to Phaiton village near Jiribam sub-division bordering Assam had been taken over...

EDITORIAL: Highway Politics

The comparison may appear out of proportion or even gross, but it is not and this will become clearer once we go into the minute details of the matter at hand. There is nothing more complex and more unpredictable than human nature and in as much as this unique nature of mankind has set it apart from the other living beings on planet Earth, it also stands equally true that it is this unique feature...

NH-53: Baudi Opposes PWD Takeover

IMPHAL, May 9: The Zeliangrong Baudi, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland (ZB-AMN) said today that it will oppose tooth and nail attempts by Congress-led Secular Progressive Front (SPF) government to hand over works on the National Highway 53 to State Public Works department (PWD) from Border Road Organization (BRO), terming the move as an attempt at expanding the “corruption wings of the State PWD.” “What...

EDITORIAL: Imphal-Jiri Road

With the Imphal–Jiribam stretch of the National Highway 53 being not just an important land route that connects Manipur with the rest of the world, but also a road whose developmental works has always stirred the sentiments of the people, the recommendation of the State Cabinet to hand over the task of maintaining the stretch of the National Highway 53 from Barak to Imphal, which was earlier...

State Cabinet Okays NH-53 Takeover, Land Acquisition

IMPHAL, May 4: With the border Roads Organization (BRO) authorities reportedly showing signs of reluctance to shoulder responsibility for the development/maintenance of Imphal-Barak section of National Highway-53, an SPF Cabinet meeting held today have consequently endorsed handing over the task to the State Public Works Department. According to senior Cabinet Minister L Jayantakumar, the meeting presided...

Club Reminds CM Of NH-53 Existence

IMPHAL, Apr 29: Asking the Chief Minister to take some interest in the development of National Highway 53 from Imphal to Jiribam just like any other development works like the Capital Project, Khuga Dam, etc, United Club NH-53, Manipur has suggested that the Chief Minister should conduct an inspection tour on the present condition of NH-53 along with his Cabinet colleagues. Addressing a press conference...

Development Of NH-53 Make It Motorable: HC To BRTF

IMPHAL, Apr 1: A division bench of the Gauhati High Court comprising Justice TNK and Justice Mutum BK has given directive to the BRTF for making the NH 53 at least motorable during rainy season. Movement of goods carriers along the NH-53 has gained momentum since last year following imposition of frequent bandhs and blockades along the NH-39, considered to be the most important lifeline of the State. Taking...