DARCHULA — India has admitted it’s mistake of constructing four makeshift wooden bridges over Mahakali River and a 150-metre long track and a 2 km foot trails in Darchula district without securing permission of Nepal.
The meeting was held in the Indian town of Pithoragarh on Monday to talk on the issue of Indian authorities constructing four makeshift bridges over the Mahakali River, a track and a foot trail in Nepali territory without the consent of the Nepali government.
Darchula CDO Janardan Gautam said the Indian officials admitted to the mistake of constructing the bridges and track without consent at Monday’s meeting.
The representatives of five gram panchayats (village councils) on Sunday, had submitted a letter to the Darchula District Administration Office seeking permission to build the road on the Nepali side, saying that it would facilitate the people of Nepal as well.
Although the Indian authorities had written a letter to the Nepal government through Darchula district chief Janardan Gautam asking for a permission, officials say the Indian side went ahead with the construction without Nepal’s permission.
The Indian side has claimed that the bridges over the Mahakali River, which borders Nepal and India, and road in Darchula would serve the people of both India and Nepal.
Gautam informed that the Monday’s border meeting between the two countries also discussed various cross-border issues like human trafficking, criminal activities, smuggling of goods, drugs and animal parts.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.