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Jajarkot villagers rely on tuins to cross Bheri River

- BHIM BAHADUR SINGH, JAJARKOT

Apr 14, 2019-

Parbati Pun crosses the Bheri river using a tuin (wire bridge) to get to school every day.

The tenth grader at Bheri Tribeni Secondary School in Nalagadh Municipality, Jajarkot, says there are 35 children and teenagers in her village who use the tuin on a daily basis.  

The wooden basket attached to the tuin that ferries students across the river is anything but safe.

Although Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, during his first stint as the head of the government in 2015, had pledged to replace all tuin crossings in the country with suspension bridges, more than 100 households living in Thulabagar, Kharcha, Damsila, Bhitrakhola, Odara and Pali, among other areas, are still dependent on tuins.

According to locals, the only alternative to reach the other side of the river is to walk along a cliff face for at least an hour and a half.

“We have requested the authorities time and again to construct a bridge over the Bheri river, but nothing has been done yet,” Pathe Gharti, a resident of Thulabagar.

The tuin at Thulabagar was constructed 20 years ago. As there are no other mode of crossing the Bheri river nearby, the villagers have to ensure that it is in a working order round the year.

Bir Bahadur Pun, another resident of Thulabagar, said that the they pool their resources for the upkeep of the tuin.

“This year, we collected Rs 10,000 to repair the tuin,” he said.

Tek Bahadur Rawal, the mayor of Nalgadh Municipality, said there are two tuins operation in the municipality.

“There are tuins in Thulabagar of ward number-1 and Maide Maluwatara in ward number-8, which we intend to replace by installing suspension bridges,” said Rawal, adding that the municipality has asked the federal government to provide a budget to replace the tuins.

Published: 14-04-2019 07:59

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