Sanphe-Martadi road threatened

Bajura, August 29

The under-construction Sanphe-Martadi road section along the Budhiganga River is at high risk of land erosion.

The road section in Budhibagar of Achham and Tapresera, Guigard, Tipada of Bajura is at high risk. The Department of Road Division Office said it was very difficult to operate vehicle service on the road due to threat of erosion.

The river has eroded around five kilometre road in Budhabagar, Achham.

Paras Shahi, a local, said the river had swept away some sections of the road. “The road is being eroded gradually due to lack of dam in the river,” he added. Shahi said people’s movement was also obstructed in the area during rainy days.

The 57-km long road section from Achham’s Sanphe to Bajura’s Martadi is said to be very risky due to land erosion. Around 19 kilometres of the road section lies in Achham while 38 kilometres lies in Bajura.

Birkha Bahadur Shahi, a bus entrepreneur, said they have been facing problems one after another in operating vehicles due to the damage caused by land erosion. He held the authorities concerned responsible for the problems as they did not act on time to stop deterioration of the road.

Meanwhile, Mayor Dipak Shah of Budhiganga Municipality said landslides had also damaged the road section. He added that the Department of Road Division informed him that it would start repairing the road only after monsoon. The road section, whose foundation stone wad laid in 1996, is yet to be completed.