Villagers protest India road project

  • Say the road near border may inundate villages
- THAKUR SINGH THARU, Banke

May 12, 2014-

Local people have protested the ongoing construction of a road near the no man’s land in the Indian side, saying that it is likely to inundate Hiraminiya, Bhawaniyapur and Piprahawa VDCs as it lacks proper drainage system.

Rishiraj Gautam, secretary of Hiraniminiya VDC, said the villages may be at risk of being flooded as culverts and bridges have not been constructed on the road. The problem may worsen if an initiative is not taken in this regard immediately, he

said. Rataiya and Bhangghotna drainages flow southward in the area.

Local residents have accused the District Administration Office of remaining aloof on the matter. After being informed of the construction, Nepali officials, however, inspected the area recently.

According to Chief District Officer Jiban Kumar Oli, Indian officials told him that they are constructing the road on their side to facilitate the patrolling of Seema Surakshya Bal (SSB), the Indian border security force, adding that the under-construction road is five to 25 metres away from the border.

Rajendra Barma, a CPN-UML leader, said the Indian side began the construction without prior consultation with Nepali authorities. The villages are at risk of flood if the construction is not stopped, he said.

Local people, at risk of being swept away by floods, have approached the office of the SSB demanding proper drainage system in the area. However, an official of the SSB said they could do nothing in regard to the matter as the project has been carried out by the Department of Roads.

Meanwhile, a dozen VDCs in Holiya area are deluged every year due to an embankment constructed by Indian government on the no man’s land 10 years ago, displacing several families.

Published: 13-05-2014 08:43

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