Artery to get wider in three years

  • Tripureshwor-Nagdhunga road
- SAMIK KHAREL, Kathmandu
Artery to get wider in three years

Feb 2, 2015-

In continuation of the ongoing road expansion drive, authorities have floated an ambitious plan to widen the Tripureshwor-Nagdhunga section.

Considering the large number of vehicles plying on this stretch, including those entering and exiting the Capital, the Valley road authorities have planned to expand the 12km section to ease the traffic. The Tripureshwor intersection is also considered the “zero point” or the starting point for Tribhuvan Highway. The 3km road up to Kalanki is an artery with dense settlements on either side.

“Many houses there will have to be partially demolished in order to widen the road. Besides, there are several business complexes and stores,” said Prabhat Jha, chief at the Kathmandu Valley Road Improvement Project (KVRIP).

For the project, both the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority and the KVRIP will work together. Jha said they plan to pull down the structures and complete the road in the next three years.

The Department of Roads has approved the project and given the authorities a go-ahead.

KVDA officials say they are discussing project implementation. “This is a huge challenge for us. As we start, we need to work continuously till the end,” said Ram Prasad Shrestha, senior engineer at the KDVA.

Shrestha added that they have some pending projects to complete before taking up the big one. The compensation to land and property owners on the Tripureshwor-Nagdhunga road alone is expected to run into billions of rupees.

Since the campaign was initiated three years ago, the authorities have demolished structures on 200 kilometres of road . Some property owners still await compensation. “We cannot start work without the guarantee of funds required for compensation and procurements,” said Shrestha.

Published: 03-02-2015 09:14

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