Road closure hits Bajhang folk hard

Dhangadhi, October 4:

The closure of the Khodape-Bajhang road has caused a shortage of consumer items, including food items, in Bajhang district at a time when Dashain is round the corner. Vehicular movement on the road came to a halt after a landslide occurred at Dharan on the Sunkunda-Tamel road along the Jayaprithvi Highway in June.

People have been ferrying the essentials on their own, but the supply of goods is far from smooth. It takes three days of walk to arrive in Chainpur, the Bajhang district headquarters, from Dharan. People of Bajhang lamented that the Anarkholi road division has not shown concern for repairing the road. Sometime ago, locals had gheraoed the road division office after their plaints went unheard.

The office had then promised to repair the road. President of the Bajhang Chamber of Commerce and Industries Harka Pujara said the road closure has led to a shortage of essentials like rice, oil, sugar, soaps in several places, including in Chainpur. Meanwhile, president of the NGOs Federation Bal Bahadur Rokaya said that the road division at Anarkholi has sent a dozer for clearing landslide debris on the road.

He added that the traffic will resume from mid-October. A local, Bamdev Joshi, said

the people in the areas, including BP town, have been affected as the road linking Sahajpur of Kailali with BP town of Doti has remained closed.