Locals toil to reopen obstructed Bajura roads

BAJURA: As the greatest festivals of Nepal are on the doorstep, the roads that were obstructed by floods and landslides and left uncared by the authorities are being repaired by locals of Bajura district.

After several attempts from locals to draw attention of the authorities to the poor roads failed to make any fruit, locals have engaged themselves to repair the local roads.

The rush to the festival has triggered the immediate need to reopen the roads including Sanphe-Martadi, Daap-Khaptad and Martadi-Kolti among others in the district, said DSP Dal Bahadur Bogati, Chief of the District Police Office.

Locals feared likely shortage of goods required for Dashain and Tihar festivals and thus took initiatives to reopen the roads, added DSP Bogati.

Meanwhile, locals have donated money ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 for the maintenance, said local Dammar Singh, a community leader active in the campaign.

"We had to pay very high prices for the goods since the roads had been obstructed," said local Rama Budha.

Meanwhile, District Technical Office's Engineer Jung Thapa claiming the government was also involved in the renovation projects. He said technicians had been deployed and the roads could reopen before the Dashain festival, which falls in the second week of October.

Locals also said they wanted to complete the task by then as the incompletion would lead to the shortage of essentials during the festivals.