KATHMANDU: Thirty-four kilometer long route has come into operation as an emergency link between Nepal to China.
After the massive flood in the Sunkoshi River last Saturday swept away three villages and damaged parts of the Arniko Highway, Nepal´s main trade link to China, the affected villages had remained cut off from the rest of the country. The alternative way is being considered as a huge relief by the people of the affected 14 VDCs, though communication services have not resumed yet.
The new route that reaches to Bahrabise through Dam-Tekanpur-Tauthali-Piskar and Dhuskun came into operation from Monday. The same day, 7 small vehicles carried essential items and few passengers to Sunkhosi village, which lies near Bahrabise. The road link to Tatopani of China has now become easy and flow of passengers has increased.
“The alternative way is for emergency purposes. We wanted to ensure that the people were not deprived of the daily essential items. Similarly, people needing medical services and so on could not wait. The local route coming into operation is a big relief,” said Yuvaraj Kattel, the local development officer.
The alternative way starts just from the left side of the dam of Sunkoshi Hydropower Center, which is close to the flood hit site. The road connects to Bahrabise. No wonder, the route is not much suitable for giant vehicles but can bear the burden of small ones such as cars and jeeps. On Monday, the route was finally brought in operation.
Immediately after the incident, the Road Division Office of Charikot and District Administration Office of Sindhupalchowk had started renovating the local route. Now to prevent it from damage, the two offices have kept dozers and excavator in ready position for emergency maintenance.
“Businessmen are bringing in 200 gas cylinders from the capital. Vehicles loaded with food items are also coming,” said Jaishwar Rimal, police inspector at Area Police Office of Bahrabise.
Post-incidence, the government had dropped food materials through Nepal Army´s Helicopter in the isolated villages.
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