Seti Jhora cleared after 40 hrs; Vehicle taking detour meets with accident at Birik

Problem slopes remain unstable

Kalimpong, 12 Jul:

After it had held up traffic for nearly 40 hours, the debris brought down by the landslide at Seti Jhora was finally cleared at around 6PM on Thursday evening to allow vehicles stuck between a litter of slides along NH10 to get through.

Although road gangs of the West Bengal PWD had begun work on clearing the slide zone early in the morning, fresh rain made progress difficult as the slide remained active. It was only later in the afternoon after the rain had paused that work picked up pace.

By 6PM, about 75% of the debris had been cleared and a path cleared for one-way traffic.

PWD EE, Anup Maity, who was in the spot said, “If the weather clears, we will try to clear all the debris tomorrow.”

With the national highway blocked, Siliguri-bound Sikkim vehicles had to take long detours, and one such vehicle met with an accident at Birik Dara injuring all eight occupants, three of them grievously.

The vehicle was plying from the Birik area via Lat-Pa

nchar to Siliguri when it is reported to have lost traction and overturned. All occupants were rescued by locals in the area and rushed to Rambi health centre. While three occupants were referred for more specialised treatment in Siliguri, transport was a problem because of the road condition.