beni-jomsom road opens after 20 days

Babiyachaur (Myagdi), July 7: The Beni-Jomsom road, the only way by road to the Himalayan district of Mustang has opened to traffic following a halt of 20 days this morning.

The road remained closed for traffic since June 18 after flood water from the Kaligandai river swept away the road in Bhirkate at Ghar VDC of Myagdi.

It took a week for the Department of Roads to renovate the damaged part of the road and has been temporarily opened for traffic after carrying out a filling in the retaining wall covering 150 meters, said the Department's Engineer Amit Shrestha.

Daily life of residents in the more than a dozen VDCs in northern belt of Myagdi had been affected while food supply to Mustang had come to a halt as a result of the closure of the road.

Though traffic has resumed following the renovation there is still risk of inundation by the river, and regular traffic could still be a problem, said Vice-chair of Myagdi Jeep and Bus Entrepreneurs Committee, Mohan KC. RSS

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