Pithoragarh, November 20
Remote villages in Dharchula and Munsiyari subdivisions are facing an acute shortage of essential commodities in the district as two major roads could not be repaired even five months after the natural disaster. Moreover, foodgrains available are selling at high prices.
Villagers told local MLA Harish Dhami during his visit to the area in the lower Darma valley that they were not in a position to purchase costly essential goods like rice and flour as the quota foodgrains were not reaching them due to damaged routes.
“We are purchasing coarse rice for Rs 100 a kg and flour and other essential commodities at a high price as these items are being transported to the area on horseback with great difficulty,” said Netra Singh, a resident of the Tawaghat area.
The main routes of the area from Tawaghat to Sobla and Jauljibi to Madkot are still closed even five months after the natural disaster. These routes are the main link roads to Darma and Madkot villages, respectively. “These roads could not be repaired till date even though Union and state ministers had visited the area after the June disaster,” said Netra.
The people from the Madkot valley in Munsiyari subdivision, which was also severely affected by the disaster, are still unable to access local markets of Dharchula and Munsiyari. “While the road is closed between Munsiyari and Sera on the Munsiyari side, it is closed at Phaguabagar on the Jauljibi side, thus cutting off the area from the rest of the state,” said Bahadur Singh Parihar, a retired school principal in the Madkot area.
Dhami has assured the villagers that he is pressuring the state government to construct these vital roads as soon as possible and hoped that the work will be completed in the winter as lower valleys does not witness much snowfall.
“We are purchasing onion at Rs 160 a kg in our local market as it, besides other items, is brought on horses through dangerous terrain,” said Bahadur Singh Parihar.

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