Road constructed under UK govt programme handed over

BAJURA: The Maure-Kailashmandu and Maure-Toli-Chhatara road sections -- constructed under the United Kingdom’s Rural Access Programme (RAP) in Triveni Municipality of Bajura district -- were handed over to the local government at an event organised here on Monday.

Construction of the 29.68-kilometre road project that began from January 2014, under the management of IMC Worldwide Ltd appointed by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), was completed at the cost of around Rs 605.6 million, informed RAP District Team Leader Ramesh Neupane.

After completion of the project, all wards of the municipality have access to the road, said Triveni Municipality mayor Ram S Rawal.

Former State Minister Janak Raj Giri, former member of the constituent assembly Maha Nepal, District Coordination Committee chairperson Narendra Rokaya, Triveni Municipality mayor Ram S Rawal, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration representative Lilaraj Kafle, Simon Lucas and Michael Green from DFID among others, were present in the road handover programme yesterday.

The project had employed locals of the municipality for the construction, which supported them in earning a total of Rs 507 million in wages over the whole duration of the project.

Preference was given to the underprivileged and marginalised communities with 44 per cent of them being women during the road project, according to municipality deputy mayor Radhika Sunar.

(Translated by Sandeep Sen)