The construction work of an Information Technology Park or IT Park being built by the government has started.

The Department of Information Technology under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has decided to award the contract to Himani / Kavya Construction for the construction of the boundary wall of the park.

The evaluation committee has recommended the company as per the bid received following the e-bidding call published by the department on February 8.

Issuing a notice today, the department has announced that Himani/Kavya Construction has bagged the contract worth Rs 3.4 million.

The construction of IT Park has been delayed since long.

However, the department has stated that the physical construction will be taken forth smoothly now. The project, which was started 20 years ago with a plan to make it a model park in South Asia, has not been implemented yet.

In 1997, the government had initiated the work to establish an IT Park in Banepa with the objective of providing opportunities to private companies and investors to develop software and information technology, with provision of information technology-based services, to provide assistance in development and promotion of IT companies, to foster information technology services, export promotion and growth of information technology-based services.

However, only building construction was completed back then. After that no other progress had been made in the IT Park of Banepa. The area of the IT Park has remained unused.

The construction of the building had started in 2000 and was completed in 2005 and then handed over to the government. The government had brought the concept of the park in 1997. It is spread over 257 ropanis of land in Banepa and Panauti.

Recently the government decided to establish security printing press in that area, while an IT Park will be built in Khumaltar, Lalitpur. The ministry has allocated Rs 650 million for the construction of the press.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 3, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.