Another extension likely for Muglin road project

Chitwan, May 16

As the deadline for the Narayangadh-Muglin road project approaches, authorities are said to be deliberating yet another contract extension.

According to project chief Rohit Kumar Bisural, there is likely to be one more extension for the project. “But the extension will be granted on valid grounds and by considering the recommendation of the consultant firm, or the contractors will have to pay fine for the delay,” he clarified.

The project originally stipulated to complete by April 2015 has got four contract extensions so far with the work progress standing somewhere at 86.38pc till date. Three companies involved in the project divided the work into three sections for timely completion. While the contract for the first phase has already expired, contracts of the second and third phases will expire on May 20 and May 30 respectively.

As per Puskar Regmi, residential engineer of the project consultant company, work on the second section of the project has all but finished. “While 95.73pc of work is over on the second section, work progress on the first and third sections stand at 83.3 and 80.13pc respectively,” said Regmi, adding the first phase of black-topping has finished on the second section of the road while the same has partially been finished on the first and third sections. The contractors must seek extension one week prior to the expiry of deadline, BL-Shrestha JV, entrusted with the construction of the first section, has sought an extension of 400 days and Wood Hill-Lama JV, which is responsible for work on the second section, has sought extension till the end of June. Another contractor Supreme-Rautaha hasn’t sought any extension so far.

Meanwhile, the yet-to-be complete road project is likely to subject passengers travelling along this route to the usual monsoon-caused hassles this time as well. FNCCI Province 3 Vice-chair Rajan Gautam expressed serious concern about the inordinate delay in completion of the project and huge loss caused to the state.