Construction of Outer Ring Road to be expedited

Kathmandu, November 16

The government has decided to expedite construction of the proposed  71.93 km Outer Ring Road.

A press release issued by the Ministry of Urban Development said the Detailed Project Report of 6.6 km Satungal-Chobhar was in the final stage of preparation.

The ambitious project aims to interconnect all three old cities of the Valley and newly-declared municipalities through a single road network. The government has allocated a budget of Rs 100 million for the current fiscal.

The width of the proposed ring road will be 50 metres and the government will pool 500 meters (250 metres each) of land on either side of the road.

All expenses for the construction of the ring road will be borne by the government. The eight-lane road will have cycle lanes, green belts and disabled-friendly footpath.

Earlier, the MoUD had published a notice in the Nepal Gazette for land pooling along the Chobhar-Satungal stretch in accordance with Sub-Rule (2) of Rule 3 of the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority Rule, 2012. Plot numbers have been fixed in the Nepal Gazette for this purpose.

According to the MoUD, the Outer Ring Road will be constructed through land pooling model, considering north, south, east and west of the Valley its four corners. The MoUD had got a nod on April 26 to begin the project that was shelved for over 13 years due to various obstacles.

The first phase of construction will commence from the Chobhar-Satungal stretch and cover approximately 8,000 ropani land area belonging to over 14,000 landowners. Of the total length of the ring road, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur will have a coverage of 35.08 km, 15.80 km and 21.05 km respectively.