December 24, 2020 | Investopaper
Construction work of a tunnel connecting Nagdhunga of Kathmandu to Sisnekhola of Dhading has started. The tunneling work started 14 months after Prime Minister KP Oli laid the foundation stone. Construction of the tunnel has been delayed due to COVID.
Excavation of the tunnel connecting Nagdhunga in Kathmandu to Sisnekhola in Dhading has started on Tuesday. The 2.68 km long tunnel is targeted to be completed by the end of 2022.
Although the foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Oli on Karthik 4, 2076 BS, the construction work was delayed for 14 months due to compensation dispute, delay in import of explosives and construction equipment due to covid.
The project will be completed with a loan of Rs. 16 billion from the Government of Japan and an investment of Rs. 6 billion from the Government of Nepal. Hence, the total cost of the project is about Rs. 22 billion.
The work of constructing access road to the construction site and culvert in the river has been completed for digging tunnel at the project site. Japan’s Hajma Endo Corporation has taken charge of the construction work. Tunneling will be done using drilling and blasting technology.
The total length of the tunnel will be 2.68 kilometers and there will be two lanes with a width of 3.5 meters. A separate axis road will also be constructed for such urgent rescue.
The Department of Roads, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Government of Nepal had conducted a survey of various phases for the construction of the tunnel from Magh 2069 BS to 2072 BS.