Nepal’s maiden underpass to start operation in Kalanki today

  • The 800-metre underpass stretches from Khasi Bazar to Bafal Chowk and is part of project to improve Ring Road

Kathmandu, August 16

Nepal’s first 800-metre underpass at Kalanki will come into operation tomorrow.

Mukti Gautam, spokesperson for the Department of Roads, said construction of the first-of-its-kind underpass was completed a few weeks ago and would officially come into operation tomorrow.

High-level government dignitaries are expected to inaugurate the underpass at a special function to be held tomorrow, stated DoR.

The 800-metre Kalanki underpass, which stretches between Khasi Bazar and Bafal Chowk, is part of the Koteshwor-Balkhupul-Kalanki Ring Road Improvement Project.

The entire project is being funded by the Chinese government, which has so far provided 212 million yuan (around Rs 5 billion).

The four-lane underpass in Kalanki is expected to be crucial in reducing traffic congestion in the Kalanki area, which has increased in recent years. As Thankot is the major entry point to Kathmandu valley, traffic management along Kalanki has always remained challenging for the traffic police.

According to Kalanki Traffic Police Range, almost 30 traffic cops are deployed in Kalanki daily to manage the traffic.

As per traffic police, around 8,000 vehicles enter the valley through Kalanki daily.

They say the operation of the underpass is expected to play a significant role in reducing traffic jam from Nagdhunga to Kalanki.

The construction of the underpass in Kalanki began in 2013 with Chinese grant. While there was no set timeline for completion of the project, progress was hampered due to the earthquakes in 2015 and subsequent supply obstructions on the southern border.