HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers, Krishna Hari Baskota, today directed all concerned to accelerate the ongoing road expansion work in the Kathmandu Valley.
Baskota, who is also the coordinator of the Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion High-Level Monitoring Committee, monitored the expansion work this morning and asked engineers and employees to complete the project as soon as possible.
“General public has been demanding blacktopped roads. Contractors must bear in mind that their contracts will be terminated and they will be black-listed if they fail to live up to their task,” he said.
According to Baskota, expansion of roads with a total length of 32 kilometres underway in the Kathmandu Valley. Of this, 9.15 kilometres has been blacktopped. The 1,800-metre Maitighar-Tinkune stretch and 1,700-metre Gaushala-Baneshwor-Sankhamul stretch are yet to be blacktopped. The Road Division Office, Kathmandu, tasked with expanding a total of 36.92-km stretch in Kathmandu has blacktopped a 11.58 km stretch.
On six road sections, 65 to 85 per cent of work has been completed, while blacktopping of five road sections is 30-45 per cent complete.
According to Baskota, Road Division office, Lalitpur, tasked with expansion of 27 sections with a total length of 29.90 km, has blacktopped stretches totalling 7.66 km.
The Kathmandu Metropolitan City, which is supposed to blacktop seven sections with a total length of 21.7 km, has blacktopped stretches totalling 6.1 km. KMC said it is yet to metal stretches with a length of 1,700 metres, adding that it will complete the remaining task by mid-April. Baskota informed that Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City has blacktopped a three-kilometre stretch last year, whereas High Powered Committee for Integrated Development of Bagmati Civilisation blacktopped a two-kilometre section.
Baskota appreciated Nepal Electricity Authority, Nepal Telecom and Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited for their cooperation in the expansion work. Two-way traffic has started on the expanded roads.
Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, and Secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development, Kishore Thapa, among others, were members of a monitoring team that inspected Lainchaur-Maharajgunj, Banasthali-Bhagwan Pau, Shyambhu-Chhauni, Kalimati-TU Gate, Bhainsepati section, Karmanasa Road, Ringroad and Maitighar Mandala-Tinkune sections today.