Dhangadi, May 16
As the contract period is all set to expire soon, a company involved in the construction of Dhangadi-Attariya six-lane road project has now sought extension.
Signed back in May/June of 2017, the contract had stipulated two years’ time for completion of the project. Just 40 per cent of work has finished so far.
According to Dhangadi road project chief Hom Bahadur AC, his office has received application seeking extension of contract by one-and-a-half years. “Of the companies involved in the project, which is divided in three sections, the company involved in constructing two sections of the road has applied for extension,” said AC, adding extension will be recommended after studying submitted documents.
“Our job is to recommend extension on the basis of the strength of the document. Whether to approve extension and by how much time is to be granted, is up to the centre,” AC explained further.
Work on the road project is divided into three sections: from Bhansar Road to Boradandi, Boradandi to Mohanpur (4km), and Mohanpur to Attariya (5.2km).
As per the road project office, while contracts for the second and third stretches are expiring on May 29, contract of the Bhansar-Boradandi road is expiring a few days later, on June 8.
As learnt, the contractor of the first section of the project is also preparing to apply for extension of contract soon. The construction cost of the 14.2 km road from Bhansar Road to Attariya chowk is estimated at Rs 1.68 billion.
A version of this article appears in print on May 17, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.