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Indefinite Strike Launched by Mizoram Truck Drivers, Demand Repair of Highway

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Stretch of crucial highway between Sairang and Kawnpui is in a worse condition and not fit for heavy vehicles to ply on.On Thursday, truck owners and drivers organization in Mizoram, protesting against the poor condition of the National Highway 306, began an indefinite strike. The NH-306, earlier known as NH-54 connects Kawnpui in Mizoram to the Silchar in Assam.

Mizoram Truck Owners’ Association (MTOA) and the Mizoram Truck Drivers’ Association (MTDA) began an indefinite strike on Thursday morning at 7 am. They took an active part and blocked the highway. It is mentioned that the bad condition of the road has led to a number of accidents on the highway. Further added, the roads between Kawnpui and Buichali in Mizoram are extremely poor.

Meanwhile, an injury to a number of truck drivers leads to death due to the pathetic condition of the road. They will continue with the strike if an immediate repair of the road is not done. The broken-down condition of the highway has put the lives of the truck drivers in danger.

General Secretary of the truck owners’ organization, Dina Tlau, said, number of trucks has overturned along the highway while many others are stranded due to bad condition of the road. The lives of the drivers are in danger. Public Works Department Engineer-in-Chief K Lalsawmvela said on Tuesday, “The state government started repairing patches on the highway, 12 were repaired out of the 21 patches”.

However, NH-54, which connects Aizawl with neighboring Assam’s Silchar, is the lifeline of Mizoram. On the first day of the strike, the business sector and the public were not affected. But, if the bandh continues in this way is sure to affect public life and the commercial sector.

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