Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Crossing the Hill River

Location: Tuipui D, Hnahthial District, Mizoram.

Lack of means of communication is one of the main drawbacks in the development of a hilly region like Mizoram. During the bamboo famine of 1958-59, (which eventually led to the Mizo insurgency movement against India in 1966) the only possible means through which access could be gained was by Jeep. Awakened by the insurgency movement, several roads have been constructed by the Government. However, mode of transportation is still inadequate in many parts of Mizoram. Due to extensive landslides and floods in the river valleys, travelling becomes very difficult. Many villages are situated far beyond the river valleys. Since modern bridges are not available in many parts of Mizoram, even simple tasks like crossing of rivers becomes a big challenge especially during the rainy seasons.

My recent visit to my native place in Mizoram proved to be a great eye opener in this matter. I’ve captured an interesting occasion that shows how travelers in some parts of Mizoram cross the rivers. A local boat called Marboat equipped with truck engine run by the Public Work Department, Government of Mizoram is commonly used. The boat usually stands still during rainy seasons, when water current is strong.For safety reasons, bridges have been constructed for use by travelers as shown in the image No.7.


No.1: A Boat is ready to collect travelers and their vehicles.

No.2 & 3: A Boat set sail towards another side of the river.

No.4: A Boat is ready to deposit passengers & vehicles on the riverbank.
No.5 & 6: Passengers and their vehicles are ready to leave the boat.

No.7 A walkable bridge alternative to a boat especially during rainy seasons.

17 comments:

Sekibuhchhuak said...

E Pu Hruai i thlalak chu nalh hlawm hle mai. Saw lam saw ka la kal ve lova, Mizoram hawn leh hun chu kal ve dan ngaihtuah tur ni. Namwhmel tlat.

Calliopia said...

I blog layout thar hi nalh vel riau a ni, i flickr album luh dan te reng reng hi chhe lo tlat:P Cam tha deuh i nei tih i la inhria maw? Pic thar hmuh a khat sawt tlat. Hman i lo haw a hairstyle chi hrang2 i lak te poh kha kan va hmu har toh ve

azassk said...

a va dak tha thlarh thlarh ve..nice pics

hruaia said...

Sekibuhchhuak: Ka lawm e. Chhim lam hi nuam ve deuh asin, rawn zin ve ngei ang che.

Calliopia: Ka blog layout hi la dik hleithei lo..ka thlan zing tawh khawp mai. Tunlai chu thlalak mood ah ka cheng lo, ka la khat khawp mai..Zoo ah kal kan tum..ka lo post vat ang..:)

Azassk: Chapan sir. dak vak em ni...!:)

aduhi said...

A va nawm hmel reuh, mahse ruahsur lai chuan kal vak chi dawnloh nih hi.

hruaia said...

Aduhi: Ruah sur lai chuan den top a ni mai..iva rawn leng khat ve..i blog update leh tawh em..?

aduhi said...

la update leh rih lo...update trepsss weekend ah chuan update ang..thlarau thawh dan a zir in

hruaia said...

aduhi: lo update leh chuai chuai rawh khai..!

chhangte_ll said...

I thil post chuan lung a ti leng hle mai a. Ka kal ve tawh na fo a ni si a :)

hruaia said...

Chhangte:Ka pi leh pute hi S.Vanlaiphai khua an ni a, ka zin ve fo thin.

chhangte_ll said...

South Vanlaiphai Khua i nih chuan keipawh ka ni ve tho alawm. Pu Chalbuanga Chhangte tupa ka ni e.

hruaia said...

Chhangte: E khai..khawkhat chhuak kan nih chu. Ka pu chu Zadala a ni. Vengthlang (model veng) lamah khan an awm a.I hre mial em aw?

chhangte_ll said...

Chu Hrahsel Hnam i ni elo. Pu Zadal chu ka zawta ka Pa te ziritir tu thin mawle. A fapa Thangkhuma Hrahsel pawh ka Ni Lalkimi Pasal mawle - Ka cuz te pawh i hria nag chu. Ka Pute chu Vengpui ah an awm.

chhangte_ll said...

Chu Hrahsel Hnam i ni elo. Pu Zadala chu ka zawta ka Pa te ziritir tu thin mawle. A fapa Thangkhuma Hrahsel pawh ka Ni Lalkimi(Ka Pa U) Pasal mawle - Ka cuz te pawh i hria nag chu. Sikul Vengah an awm tunah chuan.

Ka Pute chu Vengpui ah an awm. Ni 19 khan ka Ni Vani pawh a boral tak kha mawle.

Mojo Jojo said...

Nice pics :)
We got a similar thing going back at my homeland also. The boats are sturdy enough to transport whole buses (with people inside) and sand-laden trucks. Apparently, the waterbed is too sandy for the construction of a bridge. But then, the mini-suspension one in your pic should give them an idea on what to do next, i think.

hruaia said...

chhangte_II: hrahsel chu ka nu te lam zawk a ni. I cousin-te chu ka hria alawm, an mahni pawhin min hria ang..! Pu Thangkhuma chu a dam lova, tunhnai khan lungleiah hospital ah awm a, tunah chuan a zia leh tawh e.

hruaia said...

mojo jojo: Thanks for your comment.I love your blog too.!