Hard road ahead for horse carts

Laxmi Gautam

Phidim, April 18:

Following the resumption of modern transportation on regular basis in Panchthar district from headquarter Phidim to the northeast Nagin Village Development Committee’s Pulbhanjyang, horse cart owners and their business is about to be displaced. Their business was good when transportation remained disrupted. They earned a good income by delivering goods to different places, including Nagin. But since the resumption of transportation, goods are being carried by vehicles that is naturally more easy and economical. According to the president of horse cart association of Panchthar, Lok Prasad Budhathoki, 50 horses associated with the association used to deliver consumers goods of daily use from Phidim to Fewadin, Tritiya, Pulbhanjyang, Jaringo, Yangnam and Ansubhanjyang.

After Nagin’s Pulbhanjyang became accessible by road from April 2, salt, rice, lentils and other consumers goods are now being transported by tractors. Now 50 horses and 50 men accompanying them have become jobless, Budhathoki said. According to him, Ganesh

Budhathoki, a local, had started to transport goods with the help of two horses for the first time in 2002, which he had brought from Ilam. The other 50 entrepreneurs from Nagin, Yangnam and Phidim followed him after his success. “Rs 300 was charged for a day for transporting goods from Phidim through Nagin and yangnam to Sidin. Now besides being unemployment, our investment too is almost certain to sink,” another entrepreneur, Laxmi Neupane, said. While stating that they have invested Rs 25,000 on each horse, entrepreneurs said, “In addition to the sum of Rs 12,50,000 that will be wasted, both entrepreneurs and horses will be displaced.”