820 Kilometers Of Road Blacktopped In Fiscal Year 2079/80

August 18, 2023 | Investopaper

In the past fiscal year, the government has made significant strides in enhancing the country’s road infrastructure, including the blacktopping of 820 kilometers of roads and the completion of 222 bridges nationwide. As per the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, the efforts yielded results with the reconstruction of 249 kilometers of roads and the inauguration of 243 kilometers of new road tracks during the same period.

Despite setting an ambitious target of performing regular maintenance on 761 kilometers of roads in the previous fiscal year, only 538 kilometers underwent repair work, revealed Keshav Kumar Sharma, the Secretary at the Ministry. Despite facing various challenges, the Department of Roads managed to achieve approximately 69 percent of the planned progress.

Sushi Babu Dhakal, the Director General of the Department, expressed that the infrastructure sector did not meet the anticipated progress levels. The Department’s projected 80 percent progress fell short of realization, he noted. However, Dhakal indicated that the development of national pride projects yielded satisfactory outcomes. Ongoing activities encompassed the enhancement of the Nagdhunga-Naubise road section, with contract management efforts for the Kakarvitta-Laukahi road’s upgrade along the East-West highway reaching the final stages.

Advancing along the Tamor corridor, construction commenced on the Mulghat-Subhangkhola section, and a flyover was in progress at Gwarko, as reported by the Department. Furthermore, the Department sought authorization for a multi-year contract and resource assurance for flyover construction at Satdobato and Ekantakuna. Simultaneously, work was in motion on the Suryabinayak-Dhulikhel road along the Araniko highway.


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