Unplanned constructions put Gulmi villages at risk

- GHANASHYAM GAUTAM, GULMI

Jul 27, 2015-

Unplanned and haphazard construction of roads have put many settlements in Gulmi district at high risk of landslides and floods.

A source at the District Technical Office (DTO) said that around 40 percent of the rural roads in Gulmi were constructed by local consumers’ committees without consulting technicians. A large area of forestland in the district was stripped for rural road projects, exposing them to soil erosion and landslide risk. In Hastichaur VDC, four settlements--Gurba, Urjung, Torikhet and Jukepani--face landslide danger. Around 200 houses from these settlements stand at risk of getting decimated any time.

Landslides have already displaced around 20 families in Bamgha and Neta VDCs. A school building and six houses near Aglung stream are also vulnerable to landslide and flooding, said Bijaya Chand Bohara, a local from Aglung village. 

Yagyamurti Chand of Arlangkot village said flood at Niure stream has displaced five families and buried vast swathes of farmland in the area. District Engineer Somraj Timilsina said the DTO has directed the locals to get the condition of the roads in their villages surveyed by engineers and take necessary measures to minimise the risk of landslides and floods.  

Published: 28-07-2015 08:53

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