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Rapid erosion puts forests at risk in Dhangadi

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DHANGADHI: Khutiya river in Dhangadi is eroding almost 500 metre of land area every year and advancing towards the municipal vicinity.

Yagya Bogati of Shreepur VDC said the river has eaten away forest cover spread over 1.5 kilometre area in the past five years.

“The river has eroded 1500 metre forest area at the Suryodaya Community Forest. If the trend continues, it will also sweep away Shreepur VDC, Beladevipur and Dhangadi Municipality,” Bogati warned.

Stating that the extraction of boulders and sand from the river are the major reasons for the land erosion, Bogati blamed the government authorities for doing nothing to regulate the extraction.

According to a local Harilal Badi, District Development Committee had agreed to a contract of sand and boulder extraction at Rs 6 million after Natural Resources Committee was dissolved.

“DDC allowed sand and boulder export at Rs 6 million, but it is unaware of the huge loss due to the extraction,” Bogati added.

Meanwhile, another local Maniram Chaudhary said that water has started advancing towards the village. “If this is not checked on time, it will invite a catastrophe,” he warns.

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