Mechi-Koshi bandh cripples life in east

Taplejung, December 21:

Jyoti Neupane of Taplejung’s Fungling VDC had to return from the airport twice after the flight cancellation.

She was bound for Kathmandu for safe delivery as the district headquarters Talpejung lacks dependable maternity service.

Though she managed to arrive at the Suketar airport after negotiating difficult terrain for two hours, she had to face more woes as the road transportation was also disrupted.

Jyoti is not alone to have faced hardships, scores of travellers have been facing problems due to the disruption of road transportation and air services. Mana Maya Limbu of Taplejung’s Fakumba VDC, who was seeking medical treatment for stomach ailment in Kathmandu, had to return home in the evening after a day-long waiting for the flight at the airport.

Biratnagar-Taplejung flights were cancelled owing to the adverse weather condition on both sides, said Nara Jung Thalang, Taplejung’s station manager, NAC. Poor visibility disrupted both the flights this week, he added.

With means of transportation in disarray, the locals are like frogs in the well, who have no means to move outside, said Gayatri Niraula of Fungling. She was planning to leave for Birtamod for the treatment of her son.

Both long and short-route transportation services are in a mess due to the bandh called by Pallo Kirant Rastriya Manch of the Limbuwan. The manch organised the Mechi-Koshi bandh demanding release of its cadres, who were arrested for collecting illegal donation in Panchakanya in Sunsari on December 14. Life in nine eastern districts was crippled on the second day of the bandh today.

Traffic on Phidim-Taplejung, Ilam-Phidim and Birtamod-Phidim sections of the Mechi Highway has been disrupted due to the bandh. The bandh will continue till the release of its cadres, said central joint treasurer of Pallo Kirant Rastriya Mancha, Babin Sherma.