Print Edition - 2015-02-15 | Nation
Locals block road, want repair
Feb 14, 2015-
Local women enforced a one-hour transport strike along the Malangawa-Nawalpur road on Saturday afternoon demanding that the government blacktop the route.
The protesters said they took the step as they were facing difficulties, including health complications, due to the dusty road. Over a hundred public and private vehicles were stranded during strike.
According to locals, the dust from roads suffocated them and made them susceptible to health problems.
“The vehicles earlier used to tread the road at a slow pace as the road had many potholes but the recent repair has allowed drivers to speed up vehicles leaving a billowing cloud of dust behind them,” said Ramesh Kafle, a local resident. The locals have demanded that the government either blacktop the road or buy their house along the road to help them settle elsewhere. A number of high ranking government officials, including chiefs of security agencies and Chief District Officer, were also caught up in the strike as local women refused to let them through.
The women called off the strike only after CDO Mohan Chapagain assured to take necessary measures, including the construction of speed breakers and water sprinklers for the time being and calling up Division Road Office to get to work immediately.
Meanwhile, a security official said that it was imperative that the government fulfil the locals’ demands.
The government four years ago had assigned an Indian contractor to blacktop the road being constructed with Indian assistance. The contractor, however, is yet to start the project.
Published: 15-02-2015 09:20