Houses on Seti River banks facing landslide threat

Damauli, July 12

Hundreds of houses along the banks of Seti River in Bhimad bazaar, Tanahun, are under high risk of landslide.

The rate of erosion on the banks by the river is now in full spate, causing locals residing on the banks to lose their good night’s sleep. According to sources, most of them move to safer places at night after running their businesses during the day.

“We just want the government to build a retaining wall along the banks so that we could be safe, that’s all,” said Seti River Control and Bazaar Management Committee Secretary Raju Pariyar. He complained the state agency concerned was not giving any serious thought despite being informed about the gravity of the situation.

According to Pariyar, not a single thing has been done with the aim of providing security to the at-risk settlement. A gabion wall was erected along the banks a few years back at the initiative of then Parliament member Tukaraj Sigdel.

Meanwhile, Bhimad Municipality Chief Mekh Bahadur Thapa pledged to help ensure the safety of the bazaar. “We’ve allocated some amount to erect a returning wall along the bank under the risk,” said chief administrative officer Thamansingh.