Intensive urban development project begins in Biratnagar

Biratnagar, October 23

Physical infrastructure reformation under Intensive Urban Development Project has started in Biratnagar Metropolitan City, Morang.

The infrastructure reformation activities have started one year after the contract was signed.

According to Biratnagar Metropolitan City, the contract was signed through Urban Development and Building Construction Division Office last fiscal.

Mayor Bhim Parajuli said the project was formally inaugurated by offering bhumipuja at Ashokchowk of Biratnagar-8.

Under the project in Biratnagar, as many as 14 roads along with infrastructure such as drainage management and solar lamps will be constructed.

Kalika Construction has been entrusted with the contract to construct 13 roads for Rs 730 million within the next two years, while Raman Construction will construct the inner Rani roads at Sheshchowk. However, reviewing Kalika Construction’s track history, it is unlikely that the 13 roads will be constructed on time.

Ujjwal Prasain, a representative of the contractor, agreed that the construction of roads under the middle urban development project in the past was tardy. He, however, pledged to complete this project within the given time-frame.

Mayor Parajuli said if the contractor finished the task on time, they would be given 10 per cent added incentive. “We have encouraged the contractor by offering them 10 per cent extra bonus to complete the work on time,” said Mayor Parajuli.

The government had introduced Intensive Urban Development Project in 22 Tarai districts three years ago aiming to develop infrastructure in district headquarters. A budget of Rs 500 million is released annually for the project.