“Now the situation is different”
“My daughter has reached the age when she had to carry goods but now she doesn’t need to,” she added. Instead, in a province where the literacy rate is just 58% – lower than Nepal‘s national rate of 66% – children that used to help their mothers carry produce to market are attending school regularly, Bohora said. Ganesh Sinkemana, a senior project officer for Practical Action; said the technology; is cost effective and environmentally friendly; as it doesn’t require fuel and runs instead by harnessing gravity. The cable can carry about 100 kg of goods downhill, with the downhill force harnessed to simultaneously pull about a third of that amount of weight uphill at the same time, Bhatta said.
An economic boost
Dharmaraj Regmi, a member of parliament from Karnali province, said his region, one of the poorest in Nepal, faces many problems from illiteracy and early marriage to poor health systems and lack of effective transport. But “transportation facility is a basic infrastructure that can aid in solving many of other problems too”, he said. “Most of the villages in Karnali province are untouched by roads and mountainous terrain makes it more difficult to build roads there,” he said. Danta Nepali, deputy mayor of Tilagufa, the local municipality that incudes Ratada, said the new cableways have been an economic boost in a region where key apple and medicinal plant crops are produced in the mountains but sometimes struggle to reach markets.
“Lack of transpotation was a major constraint in marketing them,” she said. Cable systems “have aided in taking these products to the market with less effort and time”.”This is helpful in improving women’s health in those villages,” she added. Residents of Ratada say the new transport system has given them one particularly precious benefit: a bit of free time. “We even get time for rest,” Belkosha Bohora said.