Panchthar, September 3- Various road stretches in the district including Phidim-Taplejung road of the Mechi Highway have been obstructed due to landslides triggered by rain over the past one month.
With this, people have been hit hard in various ways while traders are finding it hard to ferry goods and essentials, which is hitting the smooth supply of essentials to consumers.
Likewise, farmers have complained that they are facing difficulties to transport agricultural products they have produced to the market.
The Phidim-Taplejung road has been obstructed due to a landslide occurred in the Khokshe river in Taplejung, forcing vehicles to stay off the road.Â Likewise, Jorpokhari-Memeng road section has been obstructed due to landslides in various places on the road while Phidim-Phalota road stretch has been obstructed for the past two weeks.Â Also, the 33-kilometer Samdin-Ghurbise road section has also been obstructed for the past one month besides the 123 kilometer Phidim-Yashok road.
Transport entrepreneurs have said that 90 percent of rural road sections are not in good condition for vehicles to ply and this is due to landslides and rainfalls.
The District Development Committee said that of the total 2230 kilometres road sections in the district, vehicles can ply 1400 kilometers road sections only in the dry season and 324 kilometers throughout a year.
Meanwhile, the Phidim-Ranke road stretch that was obstructed at Muskan Chowk in Phidim due to a landslide, has been cleared with the help of an excavator, said Chief District Officer Purushottam Ghimire.