PITHORAGARH, September 27
Some days ahead of their annual winter migration from high Himalayan homes of Vyans valley to their winter residences situated in lower valleys, the residents of Vyans valley villages of Dharchula sub division, on Wednesday staged demonstration before Dharchula SDM against withdrawal of helicopter service between Dharchula from Gunji to carry the residents in absence of track route, particularly in the aftermath of a portion of 6 km of that has been washed away on August 13 disaster.
The month long helicopter service to Vyans valley villages was withdrawn, following claims by PWD that it has repaired the 6 km long broken track route between Nazang to Malpa, on September 24, and services of two helicopters in service carrying Vyans valley villagers free of cost , were withdrawn.
The protesters, who handed over a memorandum to Dharchula SDM in this connection on Wednesday said that not only migrating villagers from Gunji, Nabhi, Kuti Rongkong, Grbiyang, Napalchu and Bundi villagers will not be able to not come down properly from the half repaired track route but the returning traders of Indo China border trade will also not be able to come down with their heavy goods load on horses or mules in the damaged track. “The half completed track route will also pose problems before the traders who are returning from Tibet,” said Ashoka Nabiyal, a villager from Nabi village of Vyans valley.
According to local administration in Dharchula, the withdrawal of state helicopters was decided after the PWD has said that the repaired track route between Nazang to Malpa is capable enough for people to track and animals as well. “ State PWF that has repaired the track route has claimed that the track route is able to take travellers as it used to be before getting damaged “ said R.K. Pandey SDM of Dharchula.
Munsiyari villagers on Wednesday demanded ahead of migration from Johar valley that the track route from Milam to Dung, the last security post at indo china border , be repaired soon as it has gone damaged after heavy rains that occurred last week. “ if not prepared in time the high altitude situated track route could cause trouble for villagers who are preparing their annual migration from first week of next month and also security forces” said Lok Bahadur Singh Jangpangi, a social worker in Munsiyari.