KSU Announces Week-Long NH-6 Blockade Over Highway Repair Delays

In a bid to draw attention to the deteriorating condition of National Highway 6 (NH-6), the East Jaintia Hills District Unit of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has declared its intent to stage a week-long blockade, commencing from September 25th. This blockade will see KSU members lying down on the highway, effectively bringing traffic to a halt between 10 am and 4 pm daily for the entire week.

The decision comes after an earlier protest on August 8th, when KSU temporarily shut down the Lumshnong toll gate to protest against the deplorable state of the highway. During that protest, Jyoti Laskar, the Technical Manager of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), had assured that repair work on NH-6 would be completed within a span of six weeks.

However, discontent has grown as the promised repairs remain elusive, prompting KSU to initiate this blockade. The prolonged inaction by NHAI is cited as the primary reason behind this decision.

KSU emphasized that the credibility of Meghalaya has been tarnished in comparison to neighboring states like Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, and Assam, due to the state of NH-6. They have called upon the citizens of East Jaintia Hills to stand in solidarity and join their peaceful protest.

This blockade aims to underline the urgency of addressing the highway’s condition and ensuring the safety and convenience of travelers. KSU’s determination to press for these much-needed repairs remains unwavering.