Sikkim: Huge traffic jam on NH10 as landslides block Arterial Highway

Sikkim, July 11: A massive traffic jam was witnessed on NH 10 on Sunday as several landslides blocked the Sikkim arterial highway that connects the Himalayan state with the rest of India, BRO sources said.

The source informed that however, many light vehicles were seen taking a detour via Darjeeling in West Bengal to reach their destinations.

Heavy rain triggered a series of small landslides since Saturday night and a major one on Sunday morning in the 29th Mile area between Teesta and Rambi in West Bengal, completely blocking the highway.

As per the source, Serpentine queues of vehicles were witnessed for more than 1 km on both sides of the landslide spot.

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Border Roads Organisation (BRO) workers and officials were engaged in clearing the highway and hope to open it for one-way traffic during the day but continuous rainfall is hindering the work, they said.

The area had earlier witnessed frequent landslides during monsoon. The Himalayan region has been receiving heavy rain in the last week.