Construction work on a four-lane bridge over the Mahakali River in Kanchanpur has reached the final stage with the completion of around 75 per cent of work.

Construction work is being carried out even during the prohibitory order imposed in the district to complete the project on the stipulated date. Work is being carried out adopting all health safety measures.

Engineer of Kumar CSEC JV Company Kishor Raj Pandey said coronavirus cases were seen in the area near the construction site, but they did not halt construction work. "The company has been working hard to complete the project on the stipulate date," he added.

Pandey said that construction work had continued despite the fact that there was shortage of labourers. Last year too, construction work on the bridge had not stopped.

According to the construction company, construction work will be completed by mid-March.

The then Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had laid the foundation stone in 2017. The company said the coronavirus pandemic had slowed down construction work on the bridge, but they made sure that work continued despite all odds. The bridge is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3.27 billion.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 7, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.