Print Edition - 2017-07-07 | News
Travel curfew from Sunday
- muglin-narayangadh road
Jul 7, 2017-Authorities have decided to enforce night time travel curfew along the Muglin-Narayangadh road effective from Sunday. A meeting held at the Chitwan District Administration Office on Thursday decided to stop the traffic movement along the road after dark. Chief District Officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta said the travel curfew was put in place in view of the recurrent landslides along the road. As per the decision taken by the Thursday’s meeting, vehicles will not be allowed to travel further from Muglin and Dasdhunga from 7pm and 5pm onwards. The curfew hours for the two places will be lifted at 5am and 4am respectively. A few days earlier the Development Committee of the Legislature Parliament had also directed the authorities to enforce night time travel curfew along the road, where landslides have killed six persons in the past three weeks.
Superintendent of Police Dipak Thapa said police teams have been mobilised to landslide-prone areas like Ghumaune, Kalikhola and Jalbire.
The occupants of 44 houses which are vulnerable to landslides along the road will soon be relocated, he added.
The ongoing road expansion project is also said to be a factor behind frequent landslides along the 36km motorway.
The project officials have been claiming that the road expansion works were carried out after assessing the landslide risks and that they have employed necessary safety measures at places that are prone to landslides.
Govinda Prasad Khanal, acting chief of the road project, said recurrent landslides were affecting the project’s progress.
Published: 07-07-2017 08:27