HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
DHULEGAUNDA: Seti River’s continual land erosion has put over a dozen government offices and more than 500 houses at risk in Tanahu’s Khirenitar and Dulegaunda VCDs.
Sources said that rain-fed Seti has kept offices of the Area Police Office Belchutara, Janakalyan Secondary School, Western Regional Police Office, Bhanubhakta Campus, Red Cross Dulegaunda, Setiganga Community and Livestock Sub Health Post Fulegaunda at peril.
Area Police Office Belchautara said that Seti’s flood has put over 500 houses located from Kotre to Bhuimad Bazaar in danger.
Similarly, Bhanubhakta Campus chief Ramesh Adhikary said that the Seti had eaten away 50 ropanis of land situated around the campus. “The increasing activity of extracting sand, boulders and others, from the Seti has added additional risk to the campus,” he added.
People living on the banks of the Seti River fear that the river might deluge their shelters any time. Adhikary lamented that their pleas to the Water Induced Disaster Control Regional Office, Pokhara, for river control had fallen on the deaf ears.
A local said that people are compelled to spend sleepless night when there is thunderstorm.
Sumanbandhu Bhandari, a local journalist, said that the Seti River has put over 100 houses at risk in Bhimad Bazaar. “Seti may wash away the human settlement any time,” he warned.
Meanwhile, residents of the Bhimad Bazaar have demanded for the construction of an embankment.