Road work completed 8 months before deadline

Road work completed 8 months before deadline

Sep 20, 2014-

The construction of Kohalpur-Jamunaha four-lane road has been completed eight months before the deadline. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and started 16 months ago, Kalika Construction Private Limited (KCPL) was the main contractor for the 12 km long Kohalpur-Jamunaha road.

Timely supply of construction materials, manpower and equipments has been attributed to be the reason behind the completion of the road before the set deadline. Meanwhile, construction of around 11 km long Ranjha-Jamunaha road section is moving at a snail pace. Although the construction, which started 16 months ago, is supposed to be completed within two years, only one kilometer track is being black-topped at present.

“Only 60 percent of the work on the Ranjha-Jamunaha has been completed till now. We have asked the contractor to speed up the work,” said Girish Chand, engineer at the ADB, adding that they hope the construction work would be completed on time. The AMR Pappu JV was contracted to construct the road. The contractor will be fined if the construction work is not completed on time, Chand said.

The contractor said that lack of construction materials such as sand and pebbles has led to the delay. He added that the tendency among local people to create obstruction while removingstructures from the designated area has made the matter worse. Likewise, failure of concerned authority to remove telephone poles from some places is also a matter of concern. Yubraj Chhetri, project director of the KCPL, said that handing over of the newly constructed road is in its final stage. ADB officials are inspecting the road while tree saplings are being planted in the middle and sides of the road.

Published: 20-09-2014 08:57

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