Kathmandu, September 28

The government has approved and put in place the ‘Rules on Fund Operation Relating to Rescue and Assistance of Persons Affected by Tuin Accidents’.

The rules were approved by the Council of Ministers on September 14. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration has issued a circular to all local levels, directing them to implement the regulation accordingly. “Though the government has already replaced 105 out of 131 tuins with suspension bridges in places where it is viable, the rules were made to address potential accidents while using the remaining tuins,” a circular issued by MoFAGA said yesterday.

Cable contraptions were replaced at Suwanibesi of Lalitpur, Jalbire of Gorkha, Chhotechiple, Raikar, Daikhola, Rigne of Surkhet, Ghetma Piparchaur of Jajarkot, Dahikhola of Dailekh Jaljibi of Darchula, Simtal of Chitwan, Sungere of Makawanpur, Chunwangkhola of Rolpa, Jiujiula, Khalibang, Kimubot, Pukchibang, Pedikhola and Khulalu of Rukum, Khulalu of Kalikot, Pathariya of Kanchanpur, Jaldevighat of Nawalparasi, Bihani Petrol Pump of Dhading, Tirgun of Darjula and Badalebesi of Khotang, among others.

As per the rules, there shall be a rescue and assistance fund to provide necessary relief to victims of tuin accident and their family. A four-member Fund Mobilisation Committee led by MoFAGA secretary will operate the fund. Other members of the fund will include secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, joint secretary at the Ministry of Finance and MoFAGA joint secretary.

A district level committee headed by chief district officer shall be formed to recommend the fund mobilisation committee for assistance to the victims and their family. After the implementation of these rules, no tuin shall be constructed for public purpose and the concerned local levels shall have to replace tuins with suspension bridges within two years.

Nepal is home to more than 6,000 rivers and streams and most of them lack bridges. Many people have lost their fingers while crossing the rivers using cable contraptions in the past, said the MoFAGA.

The government has also prepared a three-year plan to complete all 2,400 additional trail bridges that are further required so that people do not need to take a detour of more than one hour.