Blacktopped roads in Baglung face sustainability issues

Published On: July 4, 2021 05:53 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BAGLUNG, July 4: Just two months have passed since the blacktopping of a road at Painyupata of Baglung Municipality-13, but it has already begun wearing off. Landslides and incessant rains have further contributed to the degradation of the road. 

The blacktopping has come off at four locations. The damages are seen along an around 500-meter section of the road.

The road was tarred under the strategic road project of the federal government. 

Meanwhile, the Road Division Office, Baglung, said works had begun to restore the road. 

Most of the roadways which were blacktopped in the final days of the current fiscal year have had the implications of floods and landslides. They have worn off and caved in at several places. 

Similarly, a road in Amalachaur of Baglung Municipality-13 is being blacktopped, but  it has been reported on social media that the blacktopping of the road has already started coming off. The Road Division Office said the project was still underway. 

A 10-kilometer section of Baglung Kushmishera Road in the Balewa area was also blacktopped recently. But in less than a month, the road started getting uncoated at several points. In some areas, flash floods have largely damaged the roads which were recently upgraded. 

The blacktopped road at Bareng bazaar has also been damaged by floods for the first time. It has subsided at several points, increasing the risk of accidents. 

Continuous rains and the construction of a playground near the road caused damage to the road, locals said. Likewise, pits have developed on the section stretching from Traffic Chowk of Baglung Bazaar to Ramrekha. 

It was tarred recently and incessant rains since the evening when it was blacktopped largely damaged it. Locals complain that a sewage and drainage system was neglected while constructing the road.

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