14 June, 2021

Chicken's Neck, All Choked Up

The lifeline of the Northeast is linked to the rest of India through a single-line railway. So, any disturbance holds up the entire system. Then there are floods, landslides, bombs...

Chicken's Neck, All Choked Up

  •  Nek Chand, a BSF jawan, is writing a letter to his wife in Rajasthan even as 600 colleagues sprawl on the platform at Rangiya junction, 60 km from Guwahati. They have been living there for the past two weeks for want of a special train that will take them to their next posting.
  •  Thomas Cherian, a clerk in the Arunachal Pradesh government, had booked tickets for a journey home to Thiruvananthapuram. When the Cherian family arrived at the station, they are told they may have to wait two days as militants have blown up a bridge.
  •  Sudhanshu Dey was taking a train to Silchar in Assam's Cachar district from Lumding junction when a message came that the link between the Brahmaputra and Barak Valleys is cut off as an entire hillside had come crashing down, breaking a 100-year-old bridge.
  •  An army battalion, about to replace another on the Indo-China border in Arunachal, is delayed as a kilometre of track is washed away by the river Gai in Assam's Dhemaji district.

    SHORTAGE of trains, bomb blasts, landslides, floods....

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