Itahari, September 27:

Transporters today said they were facing difficulties and huge financial burden as they

are bound to operate their vehicles via the Indian territory to reach Kathmandu from western Nepal.

Apprising Minister for Physical Planning Works Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar about the plight of transporters, former president of the Federation of Nepal National Transport Entrepreneurs Hira Udas said though Nepali vehicles were plying through Jogbani, India, they were being troubled by locals and Indian police personnel.

Udas also briefed Minister Gachhadar about the financial burden that the transporters were bearing after the East-West Highway was cut off by the Koshi floods.

Assuring the transporters, Minister Gachhadar said the government was making efforts to reconstruct the road and resume vehicular movement at the earliest. “We are also looking towards the possibilities of operating alternative road via Chatara,” he added.

Transporter Tilak Rai requested Minister Gachhadar to take initiatives in blacktopping the 400-metre section of the Dharan-Chatara road from Buddhachok to Ratnachok.

Gachhadar said the government was coming up with a package to oversee all reconstruction works in the areas affected by Koshi floods.