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Nagma-Gamgadhi road obstructed, passengers suffer

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Jumla, August 22, 2016: The Nagma-Gamgadhi road section of the Karnali highway has been blocked for the past two months due to heavy rainfall. The incessant rainfall has caused landslides and huge potholes have been formed on various sections of the road.

The VDCs near the district headquarters have seen an acute shortage of daily commodities. The road sections including Bajgada, Koirali, Chulelgaun, Baragidanda, Botamalika and Ghucchi Lekh of Mugu have been obstructed. Similarly various roads nearby Pina, Jhyari Khola, Topla Gaun, Maithudanda and Jumli Temple in the Mugu district have been blocked, says Nripendra Bahadur Malla, general secretary of Mugu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The shops in the Gamgadhi market do not have sufficient goods to supply for the local people. There is a scarcity of basic commodities such as sugar, edible oil, rice, pulses, beverages, noodles, biscuits and monsoon tools like umbrellas, tents, shoes and so on.

Though the transportation has been called off for more than two months, Road Division Office Karnali, has not initiated works to resume transportation. Cargo trucks are left stranded alongside the roads. Even though the Road Division Office Jumla was informed through letters and telephone to repair the blocked road, it has not done anything. Road Division Office Jumla claims to have spent crores of rupees to maintain roads last fiscal year.