Print Edition - 2014-10-27 | Nation
Projects may go beyond deadline
- SAARC summit preparations
Oct 26, 2014-
As the upcoming Saarc summit is less than a month away, authorities concerned have expressed dilemma on whether they will be able to complete the announced beautification projects before the event. The summit is scheduled to start on November 22.
Officials who were committed to complete all the tasks before the summit have now been saying the beautification projects will continue even after the summit. The government deadline to complete all such projects is the first week of November. Officials at the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) said they were unsure about how much work they could complete within the deadline. “Right now, we just don’t know how we can get all the projects done” KMC chief Dhana Bahadur Shrestha said. “Even if all projects are completed within the given time, we would have no time to improve our weaknesses.”
Officials have also shifted their attention from the major construction works to cleaning and painting works which are easier to be completed before the deadline. The metropolis has also announced its cleaning programmes which will continue throughout next month.
The Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA) has similar challenge to complete the projects on time. Echoing Shrestha, KVDA Deputy Commissioner Bhaikaji Tiwari said they were doing their best to accomplish all the projects within the deadline. “If we are not able to complete them, we will continue the works it even after the summit,” he said. KVDA’s plans to refurbish the Kamlpokhari and Narayanchaur parks are still in limbo. “We know that we cannot complete these parks’ facelift within the deadline, hence we are just planning to beautify the surrounding areas,” Tiwari added.
As part of the city beautification projects, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has installed solar street lamps along major streets. The green project announced by the authorities, however, has not been resumed.
Some projects like construction of the City Hall as Saarc venue and Gallery Baithak at Singhadurbar are being carried out as per the schedule. Officials at the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction have focused all their attention on revamping the City Hall to make it suitable to host the international summit.
“About 85 percent of the work in both the structures has been completed. We
will complete the remaining work in the given time,” an official said.
Published: 27-10-2014 09:04