JUMLA, Oct 16: The residents of Jumla have demanded that the government improve the condition of the roads in the region, especially the highways.
The residents made the demanded to upgrade the roadway to a team of the Parliamentary Committee for Economic Management which was on a visit to the region. According to the people of Jumla, the government has been apathetic to the development of the region.
They also urged the team to present the problems of Jumla residents to the government. They have demanded that the region be connected to the national grid, and a fuel center be established for the effectiveness of domestic flights.
Krishna Prasad Dahal, chairperson of the committee, said the local and provincial governments, too, can spend on building infrastructures like roads as per the need. Dahal also urged the local governments to focus on infrastructural development of the region. “In federalism, the local governments expedite the infrastructural work, so development work will slowly gain pace,” Dahal said. According to Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, a member of the committee and former minister for finance, the region holds immense possibilities. “The Hilsa-Jamuna road can change the face of the region. The improvement in the road section will also increase the flow of tourists in the region,” he said, adding the committee will draw the attention of the government to solve the problems of the region.
The projects, which are difficult for the local and provincial governments, would be initiated by the central government, he added. Meanwhile, Gajendra Mahat, member of the House of Representatives of Jumla expressed his dissatisfaction over the government's apathy to solve the problems of the region. “The road to be constructed should be a two-lane one. The Public Procurement Act should be amended as it is difficult to work under it,” Mahat said.
Lal Bahadur Sarki, chief of District Coordination Committee, Jumla, urged the committee to work on the management of herbs available in the region. “There should be a ban on the use of pesticides to develop the region as an organic province,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kantika Sejuwal, mayor of Chandannath Municipality, Jumla, said as the government has not allocated enough budget, it has been difficult for the municipality to start different projects. “The municipality doesn't have internal sources for revenue collection, which has also affected the projects,” he said.
Karma Budha, deputy chief of the District Coordination Committee, said Jumla should be developed as a tourist destination. “The people here are below the poverty line as there are no economic activities in the region,” he said.