Expansion of Ring-road to start within three months; Chinese workers arriving from March 15

KATHMANDU: The Department of Roads and Shanghai Construction group signed an agreement on Tuesday for the expansion of nine-kilometer long Kalanki-Koteswor section of ring road. Director General of the Department of Roads, Dinkar Sharma, and Deputy Director General of Shanghai Construction Group, Shen Caxing, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.

It was informed after the signing of the contract that a team of workers from China is arriving here March 15 for starting expansion work. The road section is to be expanded to a 10-lane road and it is being carried out with the grant assistance of the Government of China.

The expansion work would begin within the next three months as per an agreement reached in principle to expand the ring road during the official visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Kathmandu in January earlier this year.

The expansion is estimated to cost four billion rupees and it would include a four-lane each road on the left and the right, and one lane each for cyclists and pedestrian with three overhead bridges in between, according to Director General Sharma.

“Some 200 major workers and necessary equipment will be brought here from China and as it would take at least two months to make arrangements for their accommodation, the work will begin after three months,” the agreement added.

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