Landslide: NF Railway to seek IIT, Guwahati, Manipur varsity’s help to prevent future disasters

Landslide: NF Railway to seek IIT, Guwahati, Manipur varsity’s help to prevent future disasters

Imphal: Northeast Frontier Railway (NF) would have extensive discussions with IIT Guwahati and Manipur University to develop appropriate technical measures to avoid the recurrence of natural disasters.

In light of recent Manipur landslides that killed over 56 people, the NF Railway sought out expert advice.

According to a senior official at NF Railway, engineers in Manipur will get expert advice when executing railway project in mountainous areas and landslide-prone regions of Manipur. The detailed plan for planning how hillslopes can be closely monitored by railway tracks and assets of the Jiribam–Imphal project is designed to give early warning for untoward developments.

“Environment Impact assessment and Social Impact Assessment would also be revisited in the light of this huge landslide,” the NF Railway official said.

The three-week long search operation, launched after the disastrous landslide at a railway construction site in Manipur’s Noney district on June 29-30, was called off on Wednesday.

According to an official, until permanent employment can be offered to next-of-kin of deceased villagers, the Railways will provide contractual employment at one of its agencies in the Kangpokpi and Noney districts.

The three children orphaned by the killing of their parents in the landslides would be provided educational expenditure which would be deposited in their respective next of kin’s bank accounts so that their education may continue till graduation uninterruptedly.

They would first stay at Rengpang Residential School.

Till Monday, 56 bodies, mostly of Territorial Army soldiers, were recovered from the disaster site at Tupul while five people – one TA soldier, three villagers, and one volunteer – are still missing.