Chhangaru and Tinkar of Byas Rural Municipality-1 in Darchula district are to be censused in the National Population Census of 2021.

A team including two enumerators and two porters left for Chhangaru and Tinkar on Thursday.

The enumerators must trek up to Chhangaru, which is 3200 meters above sea level, and Tinkar, which is 3600 meters above.

It might take up to four days, according to Assistant Census Official Khagendra Karki.

Although, the route via Indian territory is substantially shorter, Indian officials have refused to grant entry to Indian territory to reach Chhangaru through Chhiyalek-Gabryang and Mahakali Bridge (Sita Bridge), claiming that the pathways have been blocked.

The District Administration Office, Darchula requested for a permission from Indian official on November 11.

Assistant Chief District Officer Jyotsana Bhatta Joshi wrote letters requesting for the same on Tuesday and then again on Wednesday, but the Indian side rejected each time.

In the earlier years too the Indian administration had prohibited any individual or enumerator from visiting Chhangaru and Tinkar for census purposes via Indian soil.

As a result, the enumerators have taken the long way through Nepali land which would take four days to reach Chhangaru and Tinkar.