Landslides have damaged a section of the Pokhara-Baglung road along the Mid- Hill Pushpalal Highway, which is in the final stage of blacktopping. The eight-kilometre road section was blocked at 20 places on the night of August 3.

The worst hit was Dobilla in Kushma municipality.

Even though the road was brought into operation after a week using explosives in Vaplekhola, the road sees traffic jam for hours every day.

Although the 24-kilometre road construction of the section has reached the final stage of blacktopping, landslides have affected work. According to the Mid-Hill Pushpalal Highway Project Office, Parbat, about 50 million rupees worth of physical infrastructure was destroyed on the road due to the landslide.

Head of the project office, Parbat, Meghraj Marasini said that only two kilometres of the road in the 24 kilometres section was left to be blacktopped, but now, a few more kilometres needed to be repaired. Even though the blocked highway has been reopened after a week, it takes hours for passengers to cross the section due to the debris and traffic jam.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 13 2021, of The Himalayan Times.