‘Alternative route to ease movement’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 18, 2014-

Experts have recommended building an alternative route on the right side of Kodari road section of Araniko highway, which was destroyed in the recent landslides in Sindupalchok.

The government mobilised an expert team to conduct a survey and prepare a report suggesting solutions to restart the resumption of the demolished road sections. The report was submitted to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Sunday. One of the copies of the draft was also handed over to Govinda Raj Pokharel, vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission.

 “We have suggested that the road should be constructed along the right side of the road-section demolished by the Sunkoshi disaster. The potholes and cracks caused by the landslides should be filled using stones and boulders to ease the transportation,” said, Dhruba Thapa, president at Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA), involved in preparing the report.

The construction of the alternative route would help resume Nepal-China trade, the only highway connecting the two countries.  With Dashain festival approaching near, the alternative route would allow the import of goods for the consumers, said Thapa. Due to massive landslide on August 2, the road at Tinjure of Sindhupalchok was destroyed and has completely halted vehicular movement. The draft was prepared by a team of experts including water experts, geologists and road engineers. Thapa further shared that NEA is willing to volunteer for the timely implementation of the report.

After receiving the proposal, PM Koirala said that the rehabilitation and reconstruction works would be undertaken simultaneously. He infor-med that the government had been conducting relief and rescue operations for the victims of the disasters.

Published: 19-08-2014 09:12

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