KATHMANDU, June 7: Melamchi Ghyang, a village located at the uppermost part of Helambu Rural Municipality in Sindhupalchok district, has finally got a permanent access to the road ways.
The village that is a house to a few hundred Hyolmo people is at a distance of only 80 to 90 KM from the Kathmandu Valley, where lies the federal capital of Nepal. Despite its proximity to the capital city, the village has always remained underdeveloped with no proper transportation and other facilities.
Although the entire globe is battling with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Melamchi Ghyang (Melimchim in local language) that has remained untouched by this viral disease is seeing the completion of development projects.
“The bridge will now act as the gateway to Melamchi Ghyang. We will have access to transportation around the year now,” said Sangay Syangba, a local of the village. “Now, my fellow villagers will get a market for their potatoes, apples, kiwis and other cash crops.”
The bridge was constructed by Helambu Rural Municipality with the investment of Rs 5.7 million.
“Melamchi Ghyang is a famous tourist destination especially for Buddhist people. One of the model schools of the district is also located there. Students from all over the country are currently studying there. The construction of the motor-able bridge will not only promote tourism but also provide access to those seeking better education at low cost,” said Nima Gyalzen Sherpa, Chairperson of Helambu Rural Municipality.
Earlier, Melamchi Ghyang was accessible by road only during winter for a few months. During Monsoon, landslides and floods sweep away the temporary wooden bridge built over the Melamchi River, source of the Melamchi Drinking Water Project. Due to which those travelling to Melamchi Ghyang had to climb steep slopes for 5 to 7 hours. The village remains completely isolated from the rest of the world during monsoon season. People had to charter helicopters to seek minor medical treatment or in case of deliveries.
But the construction of a motor-able bridge has sparked happiness and hope for better days among locals living there.