Road accidents on Prithvi Highway due to potholes

Damauli, September 18

Potholes and cracks have been causing road accidents almost every day at the road section from Muglin in Chitwan to Kotre in Tanahun along the Prithvi Highway.

Potholes and cracks have surfaced along the road section due to increased movement of heavy vehicles and lack of timely repairs. This has resulted in increased road accidents on the road section of late.

Khairenitar, Dulegainda, Dhawatar and Kotre areas have witnessed the highest number of road accidents.

Tanahun Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khairenitar Market Unit President Arjun Kumar Shrestha said at least a couple of road accidents were reported every day due to lack of road repair. “One pothole along the road section is so big that a buffalo can swim in it,” he said.

Samundraram Shrestha said big potholes along the Khairenitar-Kotre road section had hit passengers hard. He said repeated pleas made to the concerned authorities to repair the road had gone unheeded.

Western Regional Road Division Tanahun Chief Bhanu Joshi conceded that lack of road repair had led to rise in accidents. Joshi said a tender was issued to repair the road before Dashain festival.

He added that it would cost almost Rs 50 million to blacktop the road section.