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Passengers along Besisahar-Chame stretch face problems

Himalayan News Service

Lamjung, July 11

With transportation obstructed along the Besisahar-Chame road section, passengers have been facing problem.

With the onset of the rainy season, landslides have occurred in many places along the road section. The road gets obstructed every year during monsoon leaving passengers at the receiving end.

Lamjung Chamber of Commerce and Industry Khudi Unit Chairman Birendra Bhandari said the journey along the road had become risky due to mudslips. “Landslides may bury passengers at any time and place,” he added.

Jiban Thapa, a resident of Marsyangdi Rural Municipality said landslides mostly occurred at Kharkhare Cliff along the Besisahar-Chame section, Arkhaulebesi, Ghoptebhir, Kaprebhir, Rambazaar, Syange, Shirchaur and Chyamche, among other places of the rural municipality. “Debris was cleared only a day before, but landslides again obstructed the road the next day,” he added.

Meanwhile, Assistant Chief District Officer Anil Kumar Shahi said a dozer along with a police team had to be deployed as landslides occurred almost daily along the Besisahar-Chame section.

Nepali Army had handed over the road to the Department of Roads after completion of the track four years ago. The department of roads had started construction of the Besisahar-Chame road section in 1994, about 24 years ago. The construction of the road was affected during the insurgency, but the road was handed over to the Nepali Army in 2000.

A version of this article appears in print on July 12, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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