July 26 , 2015
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has completed rehabilitation of community trails in nine village development committees (VDCs) of Dhading district.
TAAN mobilized local villagers as well as trekking workers for trail rehabilitation works. The community trails rehabilitation project was implemented by TAAN as per the Letter of Agreement (LoA) that it signed with United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
According to Machhindra Acharya, chief of TAAN Administration Department who is overseeing the implementation of the project, community trails in nine VDCs have been rehabilitated.
To implement the program, TAAN had appointed a supervisor in each VDC and an in-charge in each ward office of wall the VDCs. These in-charges mobilized porters and report to supervisors of each VDC who report to the TAAN executive committee.
Trail rehabilitation works have already been completed in Lapa, Darkha, Ree, Katunje, Satidevi, Marpak, Gumdi, Phulkharka and Jharlang VDCs.
In the second phase, TAAN is rehabilitating trails in Baseri, Budhathum, Semjong, Sertung, Tipling and Mulpani VDCs.
Altogether 4,860 work days were created in the nine VDCs.
TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the association initiated the trail rehabilitation project in quake-hit VDCs of Dhading district to open the blocked trails with the involvement of locals and tourism workers who had become jobless with the slump in tourism business following the trek. "Through this project, the locals will be paid for community works which will help them feed their families in the aftermath of the earthquake," he added.