Contractor’s ‘negligence’ delays service track construction

- Anup Ojha, Bhaktapur

Sep 4, 2014-

The negligence of contractor has delayed the construction of the 9.14 kilometre service road in Tinkune-Suryabinayak stretch, posing serious traffic hazards to people.

The track that was supposed to be completed in the last fiscal year still lacks service road, adequate number of overhead bridges, drainage, street lamps and other basic facilities. Stating that only 70 percent of the work has been completed so far, stakeholders, including traffic police and local administration, have urged the authorities concerned to complete the project soon to minimise accidents.

The service track is a subsidiary road running parallel to the highway and giving access to houses, shops or businesses.

According to Bhaktapur Traffic Police, at least five people were killed and dozens others injured in the road section in past one month alone. In the past one year, 20 people died in accidents and 220 were injured.

The Kathmandu-Bhaktapur Road Improvement Project (KBRIP), the authority overseeing the project, blames the contractor involved for the delay. KBRIP officials said the contractor has stalled the constructional work since March.

Saroj Pradhan, KBRIP project manager, told the Post that his office had written several times to contractor Rajkishor Gupta, asking him to complete the remaining work as per the agreement. The office has not got any reply from the contractor so far. KBRIP sources said the office is planning to scrap the contract with Gupta if he fails to resume the work soon.

“We are also planning to take legal action against the contractor as he has breached the terms of the agreement he signed with us,” said Pradhan. There is a legal provision to demand compensation if the contractor fails to complete the work within the given deadline. The six-lane road, constructed by the Japanese government, came into operation three years ago. Japan subsequently asked Nepali authorities to complete the remaining work, including construction of over-head bridges, street lights and drainage facilities.

Of an estimated cost of 150 million, the KBRIP has already spent around 90 million on the project. The project now has brought five overhead bridges in service, while six others are said to be under construction. The project had also planned to install 300 lamp posts--one in each 30 metre distance--but in vain.

Local residents have also expressed their concerns over the delay in the work. “The road has emerged as a deathbed for pedestrians and travellers due to lack of facilities. The government should show some urgency in its completion,” said Bikash Gautam of Sallaghari.

Published: 05-09-2014 09:20

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