From The Nepali Press
Nepal Samacharpatra, 4 March
FROM ISSUE #135 (07 MARCH 2003 - 13 MARCH 2003) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Rajapur, the Maoist affected island in the Karnali, which has worn a deserted look as Maoists targetted families of security forces and stopped harvests, seems to be recovering after the ceasefire. Transport and electricity disrupted by Maoist attacks have resumed. After rebels destroyed the pontoon bridge last year, 11 VDCs in Rajapur have been cut off from the rest of the nation. But now, thanks to the new found sense of security, most VDC secretaries have reported back to their offices even though most official buildings are destroyed. Administrative Officer in Bardiya, Bhim Prasad Tiwari, says that the government was planning to repair and maintain destroyed infrastructure. If the peace holds, Rajapur will return to normalcy. Officials at the Mid-Western regional office of Nepal Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) said that they have already despatched a team to survey the damage and install services within a few weeks.