Saarc plans to gather pace after Dashain

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 30, 2014-

Authorities have planned to pace up their beautification project immediately after the Dashain festival for the upcoming Saarc summit to be held in November. With the authorities having already initiated and completed several tender process, they plan to speed their work after the festive period and complete it by the first week of November.

According to Bhaikaji Tiwari, deputy commissioner at the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA), most of the beautification projects have already been tendered. “Right now even the labourers have travelled home, hence it is impossible to carry out any construction work,” said Tiwari. “Immediately after they come back, we have to implement our projects and complete it for Saarc.”

Although KDVA had announced an initial fund of Rs 180 million for the beautification plan which includes greening city streets, improving and cleaning roads and building parks among others. However, due to delay in receiving the funds, it has been forced to squeeze funds to Rs 120 million. The beautification plans for the upcoming Saarc also includes greenbelt constructions, maintenance as well as proper management of utility wires. There are also plans to revamp areas like Narayanchaur and Kamalpokhari into ‘people friendly areas’. Plans also include sprucing up major city stretches including Lainchaur to Narayan Gopal Chowk, Maitighar to Tinkune, Jai Nepal-Kamalpokhari to Gaushala, Shital Niwas - Bhatbhateni to Kalikasthan- Singhadurbar, Jawlakhel to Lagankhel and Saatdobato to Hattiban. “If we do not start immediately after Dashain, we will fail to finish by the set deadline,” said Tiwari.

Last month after the government had asked the authorities to process the tender before receiving the money for beautification projects, the tender was called at the earliest to avoid further delay in receiving funds.

Kathmandu Metropolitan City also has plans to intensify its beautification project after Dashain. “ Most of our major tenders have already been completed. We will gather pace as soon as the festival is over” said Sanjay Raj Upadhyay, chief of the Road department at the KMC. Last week, the metropolis revised its announced programmes, after the government squeezed the proposed budget. The government had decided to allocate only Rs 78.5 million for beautification to be carried out by KMC. The KMC had proposed Rs 500 million.

KMC’s major plans include projects on waste management, infrastructure development and equipment purchase, among others. KMC also plans to renovate some of the major structures in the city including Ghantaghar, Sahid Gate, Kalmochan Ghat, Sahid Park, Ratnapark, Shantibatika and Khullamanch which will see visible changes after Dashain. Together with this, the metropolis also plans to clean roads linking the major routes which will be used by the arriving delegates during Saarc. For this the metropolis has plans to purchase equipment like road broomer and tipper.

KMC then has plans to construct a musical fountain at Rani Pokhari, which will be the first of its kind in the city with tenders already announced. The metropolis also plans to install solar-powered street lamps along the Keshar Mahal-Maharajgunj road. KMC plans to invest Rs 180 million from its own coffer for the project which is expected to complete by the first week of November.

 Various facelift plans such as solar light installation, road improvement, cleaning, park construction, greening roadsides, painting, pavement maintenance and utility wires management await implementation by multiple agencies which also include Department of Road, Nepal Telecom and Nepal Electricity Authority. The government has earmarked Rs 1 billion for the purpose. 

Published: 01-10-2014 08:00

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