Vyans valley inhabitants accuse administration for withdrawing helicopter service

dharchula helicopter



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The month long helicopter service to Vyans valley villages was withdrawn, following claims by PWD that it has repaired the 6 km long  broken  track route between Nazang to Malpa, on September 24, and services of two helicopters in service carrying Vyans  valley villagers  free of cost , were withdrawn.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.