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Repair of rural roads unlikely before Dashain

Himalayan News Service

Gaighat, September 9

Authorities have ruled out the possibility of repairing rural roads damaged by floods in Udaypur before Dashain, which is going affect people’s movement in the region during the festival season.

Floods about a month ago had damaged almost all roads in the hilly regions. The vehicular movement is yet to operate on most of the roads.

The flood washed away many parts of the road section along the Gaighat-Diktel road and landslip swept away some parts of the road. Commuters are forced to walk five hours from Andheri to Foksintar due to the damaged roads.

Similarly, vehicular movement on the Betini-Rautkahrka-Majhkahrka road section has been obstructed for the past one month after floods.

Due to the closure of transport service, northern parts of Udayapur and southern part of Khotang have been disconnected. Then Limpatar VDC former chair Ganga Pokhrel said vehicular movement was halted for the past one month. Pokhrel said obstruction of transport services had led to the scarcity of many goods including daily essentials. “There is no possibility of road repair before Dashain as the rural municipality does not have budget,” Pokhrel added.

Rota Rural Municipality Chair Gajendra Khadka said his office was looking for alternative budget as the fund available at the office was not enough for the road mending. “We have very less budget. The discussion is under way as repair requires huge budget,” he added.

District Coordination Committee Udayapur Coordinator Khadga Pariyar said people from rural areas were deprived of transport service as majority of the roads were destroyed and damaged by the flood a month ago. “Now, the locals from northern part are completely disconnected from headquarters,” Pariyar said, adding that discussion was underway to repair the road. He, however, ruled out the possibility of road repair before Dashain. Himali Transport Entrepreneurs’ Union Udayapur vice-chair Umesh Basnet said that transport service was obstructed at many rural parts of the district.

A version of this article appears in print on September 10, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.

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