Itahari, December 11:

Five construction companies, who are building an entrance gate and infrastructure of Taltalaiya in Itahari-3, have halted their work from today citing security reason.

The construction companies - Gitanjali, Joshila, Onik and Diwa - have stopped their work after an unknown armed group attacked a roller driver and two workers, said Jayaram Ghimire, supervisor of Town Development Planning Implementation Unit of Itahari.

The companies jointly submitted an application to the Town Development Division Office in Biratnagar, saying that they would not resume work, which is undergoing with the budget of Rs 26,500,000, until security is guaranteed.