Meghalaya’s Sonapyrdi tunnel road declared unsafe for travel

June 19, 2023 by MT Bureau

Staff Reporter

Shillong, June 18: East Jaintia Hills district administration has declared that the road at Sonapyrdi Tunnel along the National Highway-6 is not safe for travel due to massive landslides in the area.

Issuing a public advisory, the deputy commissioner said, “…due to the prevailing weather conditions in the District, the landslide at Sonapyrdi Tunnel on the NH-6 has worsened blocking both sides of the road and has rendered it unsafe for travel and use at present.”

The DC also informed that the clearing exercises are being carried out rigorously by the National Highway Authority of India. Necessary help from other organizations are also being roped in.

“However, due to the enormity of the sludge that is descending at the Sonapyrdi Tunnel from the adjoining hills, the clearance and restoration of road for vehicular movement is likely to take more than 24 hours,” the DC said while advising all vehicles to opt for alternative routes wherever possible till further information is shared.