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Manthali is a municipality in Ramechhap District in the Janakpur Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It was declared the headquarters of the district in 26thFalgun 2045 BS because of lack of drinking water and the difficult topography of the former headquarters Ramechhap .At the time of the 1991 Nepal census the former village development committee had a population of 3097 people living in 588 individual households. Manthali had 9 wards previously when it was still a VDC (Village Development Committee). While declaring it a municipality there had been a problem due to a neighbouring VDC Ramechhap which had also been included in the municipality to force the municipality's name into Ramechhap.This problem has been solved as Ramechhap is declared a separate municipality and Manthali a separate one.
The name of the place comes from two words of the people of the Majhi(a fisher tribe of Nepal). It is a combination of two words " Mun "and " Thali ". In which the former one means a local alcoholic dish of Nepal and the later means a place. The word Munthali means a place for eating MUN. It was later named Manthali.
Status of Infra-Structures of Development
As this place is the headquarters of the district it is more developed than the other VDC's and Municipalities of the district. All the basic infrastructures of development are available in this district.
Education facility of this Municipality is well developed. In 2065 BS,Rajesh Prasai of Little Star English School secured the position of district topper in SLC. In 2011 Pramod Mahat and Divya Bhatta of Tamakoshi English Boarding Schoolof this mucipality were able to secure the position of district topper in the SLC examination. In 2012 Kusum Karki was zonal topper. In 2013 Suman Subedi was district topper. In 2014 Amrit Majhi was the district topper.Later in 2015 Arun Shrestha secured highest mark in the district from Karkaladevi English Boarding School. The popular schools of this area are Tamakoshi English Boarding School (TEBS), Little Star English School, Karkala Devi English School(KEBS), Manthali Higher-Secondary School etc.
There is a PHC (Primary Health Centre) as the greatest governmental health institute of this Municipality. There are many healthposts and sub-healthposts. Among the private ones Tamakoshi Sewa Samiti and Manthali Samudaik Hospital are the popular. There are many other private clinics.
The transportation facility is not so well developed. Almost all the parts of the former Manthali VDC have the road metalled but all other roads are all muddy. Tara Air, a part of the famous Yeti Airlines used to operate air services in Ramechhap Airport. Now, there is no regular commercial flight.
Following an earthquake in April 2015, Ramechhap District was listed in the 12th position of the most affected districts. Manthali Municipality area also has been highly damaged. Many houses of Aakase area of the Municipality were completely and partially damaged. About 5 houses collapsed in Machhendandi. Most of the houses of the village areas which are made by mud and stone are not in the condition of sustaining life.
- "Nepal Census 2001", Nepal's Village Development Committees, Digital Himalaya, retrieved 15 November 2009.