Range posts yet to be rebuilt

Surkhet, October 22:

Lack of funds has affected reconstruction of forest offices and range posts in Surkhet district.

“The Maoists had destroyed an area forest office and eight range posts in the district and we sent details of the destruction to the ministry last December, seeking funds for reconstruction but nothing has happened so far,” said Surkhet District Forest Officer Gauri Shanker Timila.

“We would initiate reconstruction work at the earliest but we don’t have budget.

We will need at least one

million rupees for reconstruction of all the Range Posts,” Timila said.

Timila said the Maoists had destroyed Babiyachaur area forest office and range posts at Ghari, Mehelkuna, Chhinchu, Baddichaur, Guthu, Babiyachaur, Lekhgaun and Gumi.

All the buildings of these range posts are badly damaged and uninhabitable.

“We had rebuilt the range post at Lekhgaun VDC but rains destroyed the building before we could construct roof. The building was reconstructed at a cost of Rs 4 lakh. The range post looked after Surkhet’s Gadhi, Lekhgaun and Kunathari village development committees, said forest office assistant Gupti Ram Chalise. The range post now operates housed from a rented house.