Landslip poses risk to highway

- MADHAV ARYAL, Palpa
Landslip poses risk to highway

Nov 2, 2014-

The continuous dry landslip at Siddhababa in the district has posed a threat to the Siddhartha Highway. Authorities concerned have not initiated any efforts to save the road though traffic movement has been limited to one way in the area and electricity poles are about to collapse, locals complained.

Driver Krishna Bahadur Thapa said the landslip could have been prevented if the concerned authorities acted in time. “Even though the road has sunk in some sections, it has not become a cause of concern for anyone,” he said.

Choplal Giri of Dobhan-5 said the authorities concerned should take immediate measures to avoid an unpleasant incident and save infrastructure and private properties. Locals also said that the landslip could block the Tinau river if it is not controlled at the earliest. The efforts to minimise landslips using Japanese technology have also failed to yield any fruit in the past two years. The Butwal-Jhumsa tunnel road, proposed as alternative, is also yet to see the light of day.

The road section has witnessed a number of major incidents over the years, while small accidents have become a commonplace, said Dhirendra Shrestha of Dobhan Police Post. “Most people have lost their lives after being hit by falling boulders and passenger buses plunging into the river is another problem,” he said.

As one of the major accidents on the road section, a passenger bus was buried in a landslip on October 8, 2004. Local resident Laxmi Prasad Basyal demanded that the government find a lasting solution to the problem. Meanwhile, Bishnu Shrestha, engineer at the Division Road Office, said they inspected the landslip and were considering what to do next. In case the road is blocked, daily life of people in Lumbini, Gandaki and Dhaulagiri will be thrown out of gear.

Published: 03-11-2014 08:54

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