Govt to form mechanism to facilitate project

  • kathmandu-tarai expressway
- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Apr 24, 2018-

The government is planning to form a coordination and monitoring mechanism to facilitate the construction of Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway. Defence Minister Ishwar Pokharel has said that a proposal to this effect will soon be forwarded to the Council of Ministers.Such mechanism should have been constituted earlier to aid the Nepal Army (NA) in the construction of the national pride project, the minister said at the quarterly meeting of the Ministry-level Development Problem Resolution Committee on Monday. 

“The work carried out by the Nepal Army in the construction of the fast track is so far satisfactory. The Ministry of Defence is preparing to take a proposal for the formation of the Coordination and Monitoring Mechanism to facilitate the Nepal Army,” he said. 

On March 22, Defence Minister Pokharel had carried out an on-site inspection of the project. The 76.2km expressway starts at Khokana of Lalitpur and ends at Nijgadh of Bara. It is expected to contribute to the economic and social development by shortening the travel period between Kathmandu and Nijgadh by a mere hour. 

A meeting of the concerned bodies was held at the NA headquarters on April 11 to discuss the issues that were observed during the inspection conducted by the defence minister. 

Minister Pokharel had told the meeting that works of infrastructure development could move ahead smoothly if there is a clarity of policy, a reliable structure, strong legal basis, pragmatic planning and regular and effective monitoring. He also directed the leadership at every level to work with integrity and deliver effective services to the people and the country. The government had entrusted the NA with the responsibility of construction of the Kathmandu-Tarai Expressway on May 4, 2017. 

Former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal had laid the foundation stone of this project in Nijgadh.

The NA had completed opening the track for the proposed expressway six years ago. The government has set aside Rs 10 billion this fiscal for the project. 

Tirtha Raj Dhakal,  joint secretary of National Planning Commission, has underscored the need of preparing detailed project report (DPR) for smooth operation of the project. NA Chief of General Staff Purna Chandra Thapa said a notice has been issued to prepare the DPR. The report is expected to be ready in four months.



Published: 24-04-2018 06:48

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