Community forests in Parbat allow locals to collect firewood

- AGANDHAR TIWARI, Parbat

Nov 27, 2015-

A majority of community forests in the district have relaxed restriction on firewood collection as people are facing crisis of cooking gas for the past two months due to Tarai protests and India’s unofficial blockade.

The community forest user committees said consumers can collect dry logs from forests. Tejendra Paudel, former chairman of the Badagaun Community Forest, said they allowed locals to collect dry firewood from forest areas in view of the ongoing fuel crisis.

“Locals are facing hardships due to the shortage of fuel,” Paudel said, adding that many people are now dependent on forest to manage firewood. Local residents, including businessmen and professionals, have started collecting firewood from Thulo Pakho, Bakas, Buwaneshori forest areas.

“There are only rumours of cooking gas distribution,” said a government official who reached the forest area to collect firewood. Pushpa Lamichhane of district headquarters Kushma also shared similar ordeal. “We queued up for five hours to receive cooking gas but to no avail,” Lamichhane said.

Local authorities informed that they are unable to distribute cooking gas due to the shortage. Chief District Officer Jhankanath Dhakal urged locals not to panic saying that efforts are under way to bring the fuel and cooking gas to the district.

Fuel crisis impact severe in Syangja

PRATIKSHYA KAFLE

SYANGJA

Local people in the district have been reeling under an acute shortage of cooking gas due to the ongoing Tarai protests and India’s unofficial blockade. 

Manamaya Magar, 28, of Rangbhang-5 in the district said though they have somehow managed firewood, house owners do not let them cook food using firewood. She said the shortage has worried many people like her. “We don’t have proper hearth to prepare meal using firewood,” she shared her ordeal.

Likewise, Sunita Thakuri of Bahakot-3 said they have been facing hardships due to the price hike of essential commodities. “We are worried due to the shortage of cooking gas,” she said.

Local administration is inspecting foodstuffs in bazaar area after the fuel crisis. Tej Prasad Duwadi, a senior officer at the District Agriculture Development Office, said that people are facing difficulties as the blockade has caused shortage of foodstuff in some areas. Assistant Chief District Officer Janakraj Panta said black marketeering is on rise due to the scarcity. “However, we are carrying out inspections to control it,” he said.

Syangja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Nabaraj Subedi said people are unable to purchase cooking gas for the past two months.

Published: 27-11-2015 08:46

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