Reconstruction work hindered by lack of roads

Gorkha, November 2

Lack of motorable roads and electricity supply has affected reconstruction activities in quake-hit Simjung VDC of Gorkha district.

Although 18 months have elapsed since the 7.6 magnitude earthquake with its epicenter in Barpark of Gorkha hit the country, locals in Simjung VDC are still awaiting government intervention to expedite upgradation of existing roads and operation of damaged local hydro power projects.

Shivaji Dawadi of Simjung-4 said he had been facing difficulty rebuilding his house as he could not smoothly transport construction materials due to sorry condition of roads.

Furthermore, shortage of power has also obstructed making of doors and windows for new houses, shared Rishiram Lamichhane of the same locality. Also, the local community forest has not been able to provide adequate wood for reconstruction.

Although majority of the total 500 quake-survivor households in this VDC have received the state grant, the reconstruction process has failed to gather momentum. The locals have demanded of the government to repair the roads and quake-damaged hydro-power projects.