The traffic flow between Mizoram and the rest of the country has been severely affected as the indefinite blockade on National Highway-54 called by the Joint Action Committee of NGOs and student bodies in Kolasib town bordering Assam came into force since 5 am on Tuesday.
They have been agitating against the transfer of a surgeon (doctor) from the Kolasib District Hospital without a replacement. All vehicles stayed off the roads in Kolasib town. All government offices and education institutions were also closed in protest against the transfer without replacement. However, all business establishments, and private sector offices remain opened, sources from Kolasib said.
The bandh has been strictly observed with several volunteers being on guard at several locations, a leader of JAC told NNN. “The blockade will continue as no positive response was received from the State Government till late Tuesday evening,” the leader also said.
Meanwhile, many travellers faced inconveniences as they could not move to their destinations due to the blockade. A villager from Kolasib district, who came to consult doctor in Aizawl said that he could not return to his home due to the agitation.
National Highway-54 is considered as lifeline of Mizoram. The 850 km long national highway connects Assam and Mizoram. The blockade, if prolonged, can create problems in the availability of essential commodities.
-Newmai News Network