Infrastructure Development Directorate of Karnali Province, Surkhet, has started work on 97 projects with investment of Rs 923.7 million.

The directorate constructed a four-kilometre motorable road in Birendranagar of Surkhet in the first quarter. Director of the directorate Basudev Poudel said the directorate had started constructing 85-km road, eight motorable bridges and two suspension bridges in Surkhet alone.

Poudel said, "We have set a target of blacktopping 32-km road in Surkhet by the end of the current fiscal. Drainage would be built along the 70-km road, which would be upgraded." He added the road would be blacktopped from Mid-February.

A total of 500 houses will be constructed under the People Housing programme and a 50- km track will be opened within the current fiscal year 2020-21.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 10, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.