Pasang Lhamu Highway obstructed following landslideLocals, tourists and pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarovar have been affected by the road blockage.
Vehicular movement along the Pasang Lhamu Highway has been obstructed after the Rasuwa section of the road caved in following a landslide at Nakurdung on Wednesday.
Following the landslide, vehicular movement along the Pasang Lhamu Highway, which connects Nepal with the Chinese border point Kerung, has come to a halt.
Malfurpa Tamang, ward chairman of Kalika Rural Municipality Ward No. 1, said a landslide has cut off road access to the Rasuwgadhi border point.
“At present, even walking on that stretch is dangerous. There is no question of vehicles passing through,” said Tamang, adding that villagers were seen walking over pipelines to get to the other side on Thursday.
According to officials of the Division Road Office in Nuwakot, vehicular movement cannot be expected to resume anytime soon. Locals, tourists and pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarovar have been affected since the incident.
The road links the Rasuwagadhi border point with Dhunche, the district headquarters of Raswua. Dharma Paudel, an entrepreneur, said the road blockage has hampered their businesses.
“Hundreds of containers carrying goods from China lie stranded on the road. We have been transporting goods for the upcoming Dashain and Tihar festivals,” said Paudel.
Sapana Kumari Bhattarai, the acting chief district officer, said technicians and workers started repair work on Thursday.
“Workers are clearing out the area and are installing gabion boxes (filled with stones) to control the landslide,” said Bhattarai. “We plan to open the Mailung-Syaphrubesi road as an alternate route.”
However, the Mailung-Syaphrubesi section of the Galchhi-Rasuwagadhi road project, which was obstructed by landslides this monsoon, has yet to be cleared of landslide debris.