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Supply of essential commodities, including rice to Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and Barak Valley, suffered a major setback following a landslide blocking the hill section between Lumding and Badarpur.

Railway services in the hill section have been disrupted due to landslide on Monday night following incessant rains.

The movement of trains was suspended in Lumding-Badarpur hill section from 10 pm on June 1 due to sinkage of railway track at Km 57.

The railway traffic in the hill section is likely to remain disrupted for 10 to 12 days due to the landslide.

Utpalparna Hazarika, principal chief operating manager, Northeast Frontier railway (NFR), Maligaon, has written a letter to the executive director of Food Corporation of India (FCI), Guwahati, Anurag Gupta.

In the letter to FCI official on Wednesday, Hazarika said: “Lumding-Badarpur hill section has had a landslide and the traffic will remain disrupted for the next 10 or 12 days.”

Hazarika pointed out that there are 10 rakes of FCI meant for Salchapra, Jiribam, Jirania, Bhairabi and Dharmanagar.

“Out of these, 1 rake for Dharmanagar, 2 rakes for Jirania and 1 rake for Salchapra are in Lumding division,” Hazarika informed.

The principal chief operating manager of NFR further informed that “3 rakes for Salchapra, 1 rake for Jirania, 1 rake for Bhairabi and 1 rake for Dharmanagar are stabled in Katihar dividion”.

Through the letter, Hazarika has requested the top FCI official, based in Guwahati, to examine the feasibility of diversion or interception of these rakes as the hill “section will remain closed for a long duration”.

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