Palpa-Nawalparasi road heavily damaged

- MADHAV ARYAL, PALPA

Aug 9, 2016-The Palpa-Nawalparasi road along the Kaligandaki river is obstructed due to the landslides for the last one month. 

The 166 km stretch between Argali in Palpa and Gaidakot in Nawalparasi is strewn with debris left behind by landslides. Only 35 km of the road has been opened for one-way traffic in the last 15 days, according to Palpa police.

Agraj Bhandari, a resident of Hungi village, said massive landslides have occurred in places like Pipaldanda, Hungi, Gejha, and Rampur. 

Only small vehicles can travel through the road that was reopened after landslides, he added. Maheshwor Aryal, secretary of Bakamalang VDC, said the road has been completely shut, causing hardship for travellers. 

In Nawalparasi, landslides have occurred in places like Bulingtar, Dedgaun, Machedi.

Ram Prasad Subedi, of Kaligandaki Corridor Project, said the road expansion work of this year had made the region all the more vulnerable to landslides. 

Meanwhile, continuous rainfall is hampering the effort to clear the landslides.

Subedi said the road will be reopened for two-way traffic only after the monsoon is over. For now, he said, they were planning to reopen the road for one-way traffic.

Published: 09-08-2016 11:41

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