Delayed, road widening project starts

  • LAL PRASAD SHARMA
- LAL PRASAD SHARMA, Pokhara
Delayed, road widening project starts

Mar 20, 2015-

Construction work on a six-lane highway in Pokhara has commenced after a delay of almost 15 years.

The project to construct the six-lane highway in Pokhara was supposed to commence 15 years ago, but it got delayed due to various reasons. The Division Road Office (DRO) said that they had intended to develop the road under the Bhupi Sherchan Highway section from Zero kilometre to Bindhyabasini.

The road expansion work had been delayed due to utter negligence of the concerned government authorities. Construction had been affected due to the inability of authorities to remove various structures built on either side of the highway. Presently, the DRO has been building the highway drainage system and cutting down the trees.

“Construction work had come to a complete halt even before we started removing the electricity cables. However, we resumed the construction work after being assured of financial assistance by the DFO,” said DRO chief Narendra Subedi, adding that they have already received Rs 3.2 million of the remaining Rs 6.4 million assured by the government to relocate 180 electricity poles.

Subedi said that the delay was caused by some local people and assured that the project would now gain momentum. “The road widening project would be completed by June/July 2016,” he said  

Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Bimalendra Nidhi had inaugurated the project by laying the foundation stone for the six-lane road on June 26 last year.    

There are a network of 180 electricity poles, 153 trees, 29 telephone poles, a kilometre long irrigation canal, four petrol pumps, three houses spanning the drinking water supply alongside the road. “We have been working in a coordinated manner and all stakeholder are positive about achieving the target,” said engineer Bishwo Bijaylal Shrestha. DRO chief Subedi said a new bridge over Surkekhola river should also be constructed. “Otherwise widening the road into six-lane would be of no use if the bridge remains the same and unable to withstand the increased traffic, he added.

 

Published: 21-03-2015 07:01

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