Itanagar, June 19: Massive landslides in strategically important Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) road have disrupted surface communication to East Kameng, West Kameng and Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh.
West Kameng district magistrate Sonal Swaroop has ordered closure of the road for vehicular traffic till June 24, due to massive landslides in several locations of the vital road considered, to be the lifeline of the three districts. “On reports of massive fresh landslides especially near Sessa on Monday morning in the district, the district magistrate has ordered for complete shutdown of the BCT road for all vehicular traffic with effect from June 18 to 24, as the present weather and road conditions could pose threat to the life and safety of the commuters,” an official communiqué said here today.
While informing that the information regarding the closure of BCT road has been communicated to the deputy commissioners of neighbouring East Kameng, Tawang and Sonitpur (Assam) districts, the communiqué said, the BRTF authority has been directed to ensure restoration of the BCT road on utmost priority.
It further stated that people intending to travel to West Kameng and Tawang can opt for the newly constructed two-lane all-weather Orang-Kalaktang-Shergaon-Rupa-Tenga (OKSRT) road. However, commuters for East Kameng district could take the Sagalee-Seppa road
Earlier, the DM had issued a prohibitory order calling for total closure of the BCT road for all vehicular traffic from June 15 to 17 last following massive landslides at multiple locations on June 14 due to incessant rain in the district.
Meanwhile, official sources from Bomdila, the headquarters of West Kameng district informed that there was sufficient stock of food grains but stock of LPG cylinders is not adequate. The lone petrol depot at Bomdila has downed its shutter for the time being but is expecting replenishment of POL items in a day or two, the sources added.