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Security checks tightened along Narayangadh-Muglin road section of highway

Himalayan News Service
A landslide obstructs Narayangadh-Muglin road section

A landslide obstructs Narayangadh-Muglin road section in this undated file photo. Photo: Tilak Ram Rimal

Chitwan, August 28

Police have tightened security checks along the Narayangadh-Muglin road section in Chitwan from today after the number of accidents on that road stretch increased.

Police have also started construction work of parapets and gabion bars along the road section. Police have become active after a bus and a truck fell into the Trishuli River in a span of two days.

SP Basanta Bahadur Kunwar of District Police Office, Chitwan, said a police team has been installing traffic signals and constructing security bars in accident-prone areas in coordination with the security department, the Road Division Office, and the Narayangadh-Muglin road project from today.

The bars will begin from Mauwakhola, the area bordering Chitwan and Dhading till Aanpatari of Narayangadh.

DIG Pasupati Upadhaya, along with the security department, and officials from the Road Division Office had inspected the road section yesterday after the accident. The team also identified the most sensitive areas along the road section.

DIG Upadhaya directed police to help construct security bars.

SP Kunwar said the road section was being expanded in coordination with Narayangadh-Muglin road project. The responsibility was divided among different construction companies after the road section was divided into three sections.

According to District Traffic Police, Chitwan, there were 28 road accidents in 2015 and 34 in 2014 along the Narayangadh-Muglin road section.

Similarly, District Traffic Police have also tightened security checks following the accidents. Inspector Rajan Bhetwal at District Traffic Police Office, Chitwan, said vehicles heading to different places through the road section were checked in Jugadi, vehicles heading towards Pokhara from Kathmandu were checked in Muglin, vehicles coming from the eastern parts were checked in Bhandara, and vehicles heading towards the east were checked Gondrang, Bharatpur.

Inspector Bhetwal informed that police would also check whether or not vehicles traversing more than 250 kilometres had employed two drivers.

Vehicles will also be inspected for route permits, and whether the drivers were driving under influence of alcohol, he added.

A version of this article appears in print on August 29, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

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