Dismal Expenditure On Infrastructure After Lockdown

May 24, 2020 | Investopaper

About 600 out of 2,000 projects operated under the Road Department have been completed during the lockdown. Some projects are under construction. Out of the 125 billion budget, 6 percent has been spent during this period. Out of the six percent, 3 percent of the amount has already been paid. An additional 3 percent is in the process of being paid.

As per the department, 77 km of roads across the country have been blacktopped during the lockdown. 122 km gravel road has been constructed. 37 km road track has been opened. Overlay (pitch upon pitch) work is 52 km. Only 8 km of over-laying work has been done in Kathmandu. 21 concrete bridges in the final phase of construction have been completed. Under this, 1 concrete bridge has been constructed in Dolakha, 2 in Madhya Pahadi Highway, 3 in Madan Bhandari Highway, 1 in Kathmandu, 2 in Damak, 2 in Ilam, 2 in Janakpur, 1 in Nepalgunj, 5 in Mahendranagar and 2 in Doti.

Currently, work is underway on Mid-Hill Highway, Postal, Kanti Lokpath and Valley Road Expansion Project. During the lockdown, a new track of 9 km has been opened on the Mid-Hills Highway, 700 m in the Kaligandaki Corridor and 1.5 km in the Koshi Corridor.


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