Around 7,000 trees are to be cut during the widening of Mugling-Pokhara road section along the Prithvi Highway.

The road is being upgraded to four lanes and a total of 6,750 trees along the Tanahu section are to be cleared. Division Forest Office, Tanahu, Chief Komalraj Kafley said the permission for the same had already been received from the Department of Forests.

The road project is bounded to hand the tress to be cut during the implementation of the project to the Forest Office.

Likewise, the process of seeking a permission to cut 1,250 trees on the Kaski section is in process. So far, utility poles near the roadside along the eight kilometres of area at Gunadi area of Myagde rural municipality-1 have been pulled out in course of the widening of 80 kilometres Mugling- Pokhara road section.

The road is being upgraded with the loan assistance of Asian Development Bank.

The upgrading works are being carried out dividing the road in two blocks. The contract of the 41.45 Aabukhaireni-Jamune east section has been given to the China Communication Constructions while the contract of 39 kilometres Jamune-Pokhara east section has been awarded to the Chinese company Anhui Kaiyuan Highway and Bridge Construction Ltd.

Work is in progress along the first block of the section.

Project Chief Narendra Subedi said the section was contracted at the cost of 6.21 billion while the representative of the Highway and Bridge Construction Company arrived in Nepal in the last week of August owing to COVID pandemic and work on the second cluster is yet to begin, it is said.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 23, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.