National Highway No. 44; THE MOST "UNATTENDED" NATIONAL HIGHWAY

National Highway No. 44

National Highway 44, which connects Shillong with Tripura, is quite common for the residents of Barak Valley and 4 different States to connect with Guwahati. The 723 km stretch of NH-44 from Shillong to Tripura spans across the states of Meghalaya, Assam and links major district headquarters, towns and cities of Mizoram and Manipur. The available railway connectivity is not proper and broad-gauge railway project is in progress with snail speed. Therefore, NH-44 becomes the life line of all these states as the main and major mode of transportation. However, because of lack of BASIC ROAD SAFETY NORMS, the travel at NH-44 makes it dangerous, unsafe, life-threatening and tiring for the commuters. The major accident prone areas say, Tongseng, Sonapur and Malidor, are without basic road safety signs e.g : ROAD SIGNS, LINE MARKING, BARRICADES / BARRIERS, EMERGENCY FACILITY HELPLINE NO. etc.

National Highway No. 44 is the only Road Link for the people of Barak Valley (South Assam), Tripura, Mizoram and parts of Manipur to connect with rest of INDIA

1.   The NH-44 is the life line for the people of the southern Assam (Barak Valley), Mizoram, Tripura and even certain areas of the state of Manipur as the food and essential commodities for the people residing in these vast area are carried through the NH-44. This is the only road link between the said vast area in the rest of the country.

2.   The railway line is almost non-functioning as there is meter gauge line from Silchar to Lumding and BG line from Lumding to Guwahati.

3.   The Construction of the proposed BG line from Lumding to Silchar and other places of Barak Valley is seriously interrupted due to terrorist problem which is known to one and all. Same is the case with the construction of proposed super highway (Maha Sarak) from Silchar to Guwahati.

4.   The NH-44, the only surface link cut off frequently for long time due to land slides at Sonapur and other places during the rainy season, which is the chronic problem since the opening of road in the early sixties causing scarcity of food and essential commodities, tremendous price rise and miseries in public life in the southern Assam, Mizoram, Tripura and also some areas of Manipur.

Tragic Accidents on National Highway No. 44

The most tragic accident that took place on this highway was the death of seven people travelling in a private passenger bus CAPITAL TRAVELS which skidded in the slush on the spot and rolled down the Loobha River. The body of one of the passengers was recovered at Sunamganj in Bangladesh.

Source : The Sentinel

In recent past fatal accident of Pooja Travels of the Tripura State Road Transport Corporation 35-passenger capacity bus night super bus that killed eight and injured many people after it fell into Loobha River at Sonapur.

Source : The Sentinel

On 06th January, 2010 evening, at Tongseng Village (near Sonapur) of Jayantia Hills in Meghalaya, a road accident took away the life Late Shri Subhash Koiri (Ex-Block Development Officer, Binnakandi Dev Block, Cachar, Assam)) along with elder son Late Gaurav Koiri and driver Late Ajim Uddin, While returning from Guwahati to Silchar after completing his government duty. There was no Road safety meausres available to prevant the vehicle plunged into the gorge, approx. 400 ft deep.

Source: All Leading News Papers, Silchar 08-01-2011

National Highway No. 44 needs attention on Road Conditions, Landslides,(During Rainy Season) Jam, Over loaded Vehicles (Proper Enforcement of LAW) BASIC ROAD SAFETY Measures on major accidental prone areas to prevent further CARNAGE.