Landslides strand poll personnel
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, April 28: Many of the polling personnel of the 64 polling stations in Tamenglong district which will go to polls on April 30 have been reportedly stranded at Nungba following massive landslides at different points along the National Highway-53 even as those who are bound for Khoupum have set out from today.

Official sources informed that landslides have occurred at various points between Barak and New Keiphundai along the National Highway and as the debris could not be cleared all at once, all the polling and security personnel recruited for repolling at various polling stations under Tousem Jiribam sub-divisions could not proceed beyond Nungba.

However, arrangements have been made for their transportation to their respective destinations by sending in security personnel from Jiribam tomorrow, the official source added.

Meanwhile, the polling personnel who have been assigned duties at various polling stations in Khoupum area where simultaneous repolling would be held on April 30 have set out for their respective destinations through Old Cachar Road from Bishnupur district headquarters today.

They would be followed suit by those Tamenglong bound polling personnel from the next day, the official source informed.

Most of the security personnel to be deployed at the 64 polling stations in the district have also been sent out from today, the official added.

In the meantime, Khoupum Area Village Authority Council, in a representation to the Chief Minister informed that the Old Cachar Road stretch from Bishnupur to Khoupum has been cut off since April 17 due to landslides following torrential rain.

Stating that the road is the only life line of the people of Khoupum area, vice-president of the Council, Khanglangam Kamei appealed to the Chief Minister to take up steps for clearing up the debris at the earliest possible as prolonged closure of the road would compound the problems of the people due to shortage of essential commodities.