- The National Highway has turned to slush at many places due to rain
- More than 1,000 trucks have been stranded on the highway for over a week
- Supplies of essentials like food and medicines held up, prices are rising
Heavy rains have lashed both Assam's Barak Valley region and Tripura for the last 10 days. This has meant Tripura's only road connection to the rest of the country, National Highway 44 (renamed National Highway 8 under the new system), has turned into slush at many places.
On parts of the highway, the efforts to clear the road seem inadequate, locals complain. On one stretch for instance, a single earthmover machine, and some enterprising truck drivers, are helping those who can muster up the courage, to wade through the slush and move ahead.
Tripura is fully dependent on this highway for supply of essentials, food grain, fertilisers, petroleum products, construction materials and other commodities from different states of India.
"Tripura is crying for restoration of its only National Highway and has taken all-out efforts to convince both Central and Assam government about the dangerous situation of the highway but both governments have remained indifferent," Tripura Transport Minister Manik Dey said on Saturday.
The situation has worsened as train services between Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, southern Assam and rest of India remain cancelled for more than 45 days now, due to damaged railway tracks in the mountainous Dima Hasao district of Assam due to rains and landslides.
The BJP's Tripura state President Biplab Deb held a meeting with the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam's Roads and Highways Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya a few days ago, and says he has been assured of all steps to restore road traffic in the region at the earliest.
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