Bailey bridge construction begins in Bajura


Construction of a Bailey bridge over the Jadanga River along the Sanphe-Martadi road section has started in Badimalika Municipality, Bajura.

Sanphebagar Road Division Office had opened a tender of Rs 18.8 million for construction of the Bailey bridge.

M/S MK Builders and Construction Company Pvt Ltd, Dhangadi, Kailali had received the contract for the same.

Chief at the construction company Lalit Khanal said construction of the Bailey bridge had started and materials had also been supplied for the same. He said construction of the bridge would be completed within two months. The road division office said materials stored in Godawari of Kailali were brought and construction work had started. “We have been working to operate vehicles in Martadi soon,” Khanal added.

Flood in the Budhiganga River had swept away the Bailey bridge in the rainy season. Martadi was then disconnected from the road network.

Engineer Daman Bista at Road Division Office, Sanphebagar said the bailey bridge was constructed in the previous location.

Chief District Officer Krishna Gaire said construction of the Bailey bridge had started after repeated pleas to the authority concerned. The road division office said construction work was delayed due to some issues.

Federal Minister of Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, former minister Karna Thapa, federal lawmaker Lal Bahadur Thapa and Internal Affairs Minister of Sudurpaschim had inspected the site after the bridge was swept away.

A team led by Chief Minister Trilochan Bhatta had also inspected the site. The team had assured that construction of the Bailey bridge would be expedited at the earliest.

Nepali Army team, Nepal Police and locals had constructed a temporary wooden bridge at the same place to facilitate people to cross the river.

Kalu Nath, a local, said locals were elated after the construction work started. The flood had swept away the Bailey bridge and other suspension bridges along the road section.