Upgraded road has cracks in 3 months

- MADHAV ARYAL, PALPA

May 3, 2014-

The Birkot-Rampur road in the district has started developing cracks and potholes barely three months after it was upgraded using Otta seal.

The government as well as the World Bank under its Rural Access Improvement and Decentralization Project had jointly invested around Rs 100 million in constructing the 21 kilometre road while the District Technical Office (DTO) was responsible for monitoring road work.

According to Thaman Singh Gahamagar of Siluwa, the road has damaged at various places, including Birkot, Khallukbhanjyang, Arbhisingh of Khaliban and Galdha. “The Otta seal has come off at various places and the mud beneath it is visible,” Gahamagar said, adding that they have verbally informed the authorities concerned about the matter.

“We have been baffled by the way Otta seal is coming off,” said Punimaya Magar

of Galdha.

The Otta seal comes off even when a heavy vehicle skids on the road after applying the brakes, she said.

Local residents said the contactors used substandard materials to finish the work in haste.

DTO chief Bhimarjun Pandey said they inspected the road and directed the contractors to reconstruct it.

Local residents, meanwhile, said the contractors have been using gravel and sand to cover up the holes in a temporary manner.

Engineer Prem Nath Basyal said the Otta seal cannot be durable if it is applied at low temperatures and that the problem came to the fore as the contractors applied it during the winter season in January. “We had informed the contractors about it and directed them to work accordingly,” he said.

Local residents have also demanded that the District Administration Office and Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority investigate into the matter.

The road benefits people in 25 VDCs in the eastern part of the district.

Published: 04-05-2014 09:50

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