The Byas Sauka folks who could not ascend to Chhangaru and Tikar of Byas rural municipality due to lockdown order have returned to their villages after a hiatus.
The Sauka community people have shifted to their original settlements through a suspension bridge connecting Nepal and India in district headquarters Khalanga.
As per the consensus between the officials of India’s Pithauragadh district and Nepal’s Darchula district, the folks of Byas migrated back to their settlements. Kunja according to the local language means migration. The Byas folks have returned to their village through the Kalapani-Lipulek-China link road which India has recently inaugurated.
They would reach to their village via Sita Bridge linking Nepal and India in Byas. They were sent to their village through Indian route after their cattle including Yak got stuck in the headquarters.
The folks who should climb to their village on the third week of April could not move back due to lockdown enforcement. The route towards Nepal has been obstructed.
Permission was granted for Byas folks to shift settlement after they felt difficult due to rise in temperature on a consensus that the bridge will be opened, shared Assistant Chief District Officer Tek Singh Kunwar.
Bimal Bohara, a local of Byas-1, Chhangaru, said they shifted back their settlement a month late this time. “The folks of both the villages have returned to our places with cattle through Indian route after our country route remained obstructed”.
He complained that they had to shift to their villages by requesting Indian side for route after the Nepal government did not make any effort to open the route towards Nepal for a year.
It may be noted that the squads of Armed Police and Nepal Police were already airlifted to Chhangaru of Byas.
This time the Byas folks have returned to their villages with kids after decades. The locals had shifted to villages along with their children this time after seeing their villages more secured than the district headquarters, said Jahendra Jaiswal, a local of Byas.
It may also be noted that the trail route towards Nepal which was constructed in the Panchayat era has not been in operation since the decade-old armed conflict in Nepal. The state has been apathetic to construct and maintain the route towards Nepal even after its citizens are moving to and from their village through Indian route.
Source: National News Agency