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Society | Gadhimai takes a leap in development

The Annapurna Express

The Annapurna Express

Society | Gadhimai takes a leap in development

Mayor Yadav, however, complains of an added financial burden to the municipality as the central government has not provided the resources as required

Mayor Shyam Prasad Yadav has been working in a planned manner to accelerate the development of Gadhimai municipality, which is lagging far behind among the 18 local levels of Rautahat. For this, he has prioritised reform in the education sector.

Earlier, there was only one school up to the secondary level in Samanpur. Now, schools in Sangrampur, Dharampur, and Bingra offer education up to the secondary level. There are a total of four secondary schools in operation in the city. Mayor Yadav informs that the municipality plans to develop school infrastructure and improve the quality of education.

With the increase in the number of schools, the students are also getting facilities like free school bags and stationery. Female students are also being encouraged with bicycles for conveyance. The city itself has appointed subject teachers and also well-equipped the schools’ infrastructures. Following these activities, the quality of education has improved in the area.

Mayor Yadav, however, complains of an added financial burden to the municipality as the central government has not provided the resources as required.

Development has gained momentum in recent years in Gadhimai municipality, known notoriously for its infamous Gadhimai festival in the past. Development works have also been sped up in the municipality which is divided into nine wards.

Until three years ago, it was impossible to walk on some roads of the city during the rainy season. But now, even the inner roads have been upgraded. More than 30 kilometers of roads have been blacktopped in the municipality within three years. The main roads connecting the highways and the neighboring municipalities are also being upgraded.

Overhead drinking water tanks are also being constructed in the wards. Work is underway to provide clean drinking water in all nine wards of the city within this fiscal year. Two drinking water tanks have come into operation and two are currently under construction.

The municipality has also started developing the Rajaiya Road as well as a fun park, stadium, and a historic military park. A master plan has been developed to upgrade the historic Samanpur Bazaar of the district as one of the pride projects of the city.  The construction of Rajdevi temple has been completed in Samanpur at the cost of Rs 10 million while the Gadhimai temple at Sunderpur has also been upgraded.

All the procedures to turn the health post in Dharampur into a 15-bed hospital have been completed. Chief Administrative Officer of Gadhimai Municipality Nagendra Yadav informs that the hospital will start operations from this fiscal year itself.

Solar lights have been installed in the main market areas and squares of the city. Malahi, Sigarban, Dhanadi, and Dharampur have been developing as new markets recently. Wheelchairs have been distributed to the disabled in the city under the social security program.

The city also plans to complete a well-equipped sports ground as well as a covered hall within this fiscal year. Preparations are also going to find a suitable dumping site for waste management.

There are many challenges in carrying out such development works. Mayor Yadav informs that 11 issues have been settled by the municipality so far.