Khurkot bridge over Sun Koshi completed

Kathmandu

Jul 22, 2014-

The Khurkot Bridge over the Sun Koshi River has been completed, and it is expected to substantially enhance connectivity between the hilly regions of the country particularly Ramechhap, Dolakha and Sindhupalchok districts and the Tarai districts.

Built with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the bridge will serve as an important link crossing the Mid-Hill Highway and providing the shortest land route between China and India, said the ADB.

Minister of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Bimalendra Nidhi inaugurated the 100-metre bridge which was completed at a cost of $ 1.8 million.

“Enhanced connectivity and mobility are vital for local economic development and poverty reduction. The Khurkot Bridge will provide a vital lifeline to the people in the northern hilly terrains along the Sun Koshi River,” said Kenichi Yokoyama, the ADB’s country director for Nepal.

“It will link them to essential services offered in other parts of the country and open up a wide range of opportunities such as high value agriculture, tourism and trade. This bridge is truly a symbol of development.”

Before the construction of the bridge, people and cargo had to be routed through Kathmandu and the Tarai districts to reach the districts in the eastern hills. This was time consuming, costly and cumbersome. “The opening of the bridge has connected Ramechhap and Dolakha districts directly to the Tarai for the first time by road network,” said Umeshananda Misra, project director at the Department of Roads.

The bridge was constructed under the ADB financed Roads Connectivity Sector I Project. Under this $ 55.2 million project, a total of 318 km of strategic roads have been upgraded to fair weather standards, according to the ADB.

Published: 23-07-2014 09:14

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