Narayangadh-Muglin road landslides threaten pedestrians

Published On: July 4, 2017 12:40 AM NPT By: Ramesh Kumar Paudel

CHITWAN, July 4: One after another massive landslides along Narayanghat-Mugling road have not just obstructed vehicular movement but has also posed serious threat to the movement by locals and others.  

In the last three days, at least three people walking along the road have slipped off into the Trishuli River. One of them was reporortedly found dead while another is still missing.

According to the local police, people do not take precautions while walking through road and this leads to such accidents.

“Steep land, landslides, rainfall and the Trishuli River have made it risky for the people to walk along the road section. So it is very important for the people to take precautions while walking here,” said Yogendra Hamal, police inspector at Area Police Office, Mugling. He has urged the people to take special precautions specially while walking along the road during traffic jams and landslides.

As per the details provided by the District Police Office, Ranjan Chapagain, 45, of Devchuli, Nawalparasi fell into the Trishuli River from Ichhakamana Rural Municipality near Mugling at around 5 am on Sunday. As informed by Inspector Hamal, even after falling 80 meters from the road, Chapagain has not sustained any serious injuries. He was successfully rescued by police at around 8:30 am.
Just a day before, a man fell into the Trishuli River from a stream at Ichhakamana ward 6 at around 12 pm and remains missing ever since. The missing person has been identified as Bhikhari Chaudhary, 21, of Sarlahi, Madanpur-6. As the vehicular movement was obstructed due to the landslide, he came walking from Ankhukhairahani. According to eyewitnesses, he slipped off the road while capturing video of the congestion.
On Friday, a body was recovered from the river. Ek Bahadur Magar, 61 of Ichhakamana rural municipality-6 had lost his life after falling off the road at the landslide-prone Kalikhola section. According to the locals, Magar had gone to see the landslide a few days ago. Magar died on the spot, informed police inspector Hamal.

The Narayanghat-Mugling road section is currently being widened to match the Asian standards. For this, hillsides are are being sliced away at various places. With the onset of the monsoon, landslides have been very much common in such areas. More than 10,000 vehicles pass through the road section every day.
There are 29 such places in this road section which are prone to landslide, according to police. “Pedestrians should be aware of these risky places and adopt adequate measures for their own safety,” according to inspector Hamal.

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