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Chinese rail to arrive in Nepal in five years, says minister

Himalayan News Service

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, in Chitwan, on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo: THT

Chitwan, March 25

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth today said the Chinese rail would arrive in Nepal within five years.

Talking to mediapersons at Bharatpur’s Aanptari after inspecting Narayangadh-Mugling road section, Minister Mahaseth held that the Chinese rail would connect Pokhara and Lumbini through Kathmandu. He claimed that a rail would run in Nepal within two years. “The faster we prepare the DPR of the railway project, the sooner it will come from China,” he added.

Stating that the government was very sensitive towards road safety, Minister Mahaseth said his ministry had directed the concerned department to fill all the pits and potholes on the highways and roads within one month across the country.

“You will not see pits and potholes on the road after one month,” said Mahaseth, adding, “If you see any pit, you can call me directly.” The minister claimed that road expansion work along Narayangadh-Mugling road section would be completed prior to monsoon. “If the road expansion work is not completed within two months, the ministry will take action,” he said.

He argued that the contractor company’s negligence had delayed the road expansion work.

Mahaseth said construction of bridges along the Narayangadh-Mugling road section had been expedited. “After assuming the responsibility, the first thing I did was signed the contract for construction of 14 bridges along the road,” he added.

A version of this article appears in print on March 26, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

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