Triyuga locals divided over road width

- DILLIRAM KHATIWADA, Udaypur

Nov 8, 2014-

Construction of the proposed alternative highway that goes through the main market of Triyuga municipality in the district is still uncertain.

The main reason behind such uncertainly is the proposed width of the road--at least 52-62 meters, which led local residents to file a formal petition against the plan. Though the authoririties concerned have made it clear that the road would be expanded 15 metres on either side from the centre of the existing road, locals as well as businessmen in Gaighat are far from convinced, local businessman Shashi Shrestha said. “Concerns over the width of the alternative highway has been a topic of serious debate for the past two years. While there are some people are positive about the road going through the main market, others have proposed that the road be constructed along the banks of Triyuga river, which is located south of the market. Shrestha said those who are against the road plan filed the petition stating that a lot of locals will lose their houses and property if the road is constructed through the market.

Local entrepreneur Kabita Chettri said the uncertainty has also affected construction of houses along the proposed road section.

Meanwhile, with an aim to start construction as soon as possible, the road project has been working on other infrastructures, including building bridges over Baruwa and Bhatauli streams in the district.  District Forest Officer Kishor Chandra Gautam said they have asked the higher authorities for the permission to fell trees and pave the way for the alternative highway.

The road project was initiated to provide an alternative route to the East-West Highway after the Koshi floods on Aug 18, 2014 swept away some sections of the East-West Highway, severing the connection of the eastern districts with the rest of the country.

Published: 09-11-2014 09:09

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