DHADING, Oct 10: The roads damaged by the monsoon-induced landslides have been repaired in Dhading as the Hindu's greatest festival Dashain is just around the corner. Vehicular movement was obstructed on these roads which were severely damaged by the landslides. But the local units have begun repairing these roads now.
This has made it easier for people to supply goods and materials for Dashain. The roads leading to various villages from the district headquarters Dhandingbesi were obstructed since the onset of monsoon. However, vehicular movement has resumed along those routes after repair and maintenance. Even the locals are helping the local units in filling the potholes. The roads leading to Salyantar, Mulpani, Aginchowk, Darkha, Maidi, Khari among others from the headquarters have been repaired.
"Now we can go to the district headquarters to buy rice, salt, oil and other food for Dashain without any hassles," said Padam Prasad Lamsal of Nilkantha-9. This has also benefited the people traveling in and outside of the district for Dashain. Apart from few settlements of Rubi valley, almost all local units of the district have access to road. Though people suffered a lot in monsoon due to the halt in vehicular movement, representatives are trying to make sure that they will not have to go through the ordeal in the coming days.
It was equally difficult for the pedestrians to walk on the muddy and bumpy roads. However, the repair work has offered a respite to them. Passengers were often stranded in the middle of the road as vehicles would be stuck in the potholes. Graveled and blacktopped roads have been a relief for the people who were tired of traveling through the devastated roads.
Every year, more than Rs 10 million is spent in the maintenance of Dhandingbesi-Salyantar road, which was constructed in 1985. However, the condition of the road is getting worse with each passing year. The road repaired in winter is often damaged by the monsoon. Local units have spent a minimum budget of Rs 200,000 for repairing each road.