None can obstruct statute writing, claims PM

KATHMANDU/BANEPA: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said that no one can obstruct the constitution writing process as it has already been initiated.

While officially opening the BP Koirala Highway amid a programme organised in Dhulikhel, Kavre district headquarters, today, the Prime Minister Koirala said the constitution will be promulgated at any cost.

The 160-kilometre road was constructed with the investment of Japanese Yen 26 billion, provided by the Japanese government. The Highway links Kathmandu to eastern Tarai with a shorter distance.

Stating that establishment of federal republicanism in the country was not a minor issue, he said the time has come to institutionalise achievements gained from the people's movement.

The Prime Minister further said that there will be drastic changes in the country within next 10 years if there is good governance, transparency, accountability and corruption-free in the country.

He urged the Madhesi parties not to doubt on the issue of federalism, saying development construction works could not move ahead in the country for lack of constitution.

Meanwhile, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Bimalendra Nidhi, informed that almost all district headquarters in the country are now linked with road networks.

On the occasion, Secretary at the Ministry, Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, said the Bhaktapur-Dhulikhel road will be upgraded to the six-lane.

Similarly, Japanese Ambassador to Nepal, Masashi Ogawa, said that the Japanese government is interested to invest in road construction projects in Nepal in days ahead.

Upon a request from the Government of Nepal, the Government of Japan had completed feasibility study  in 1988 and thereafter aftercare study was conducted in 1993.

Construction of the road had begun in August 1995.

The entire road has been divided into four sections: Dhulikhel-Nepalthok, Nepalthok-Khurkot, Khurkot-Sindhuli Bazaar and Sindhuli Bazaar-Bardibas.