PM directs officials to expedite road expansion drive
KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has directed to expedite the expansion and reconstruction of Kathmandu’s roads. Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai directed this after discussion with officials of the concerned bodies on road expansion and reconstruction.
He called on them to conclude works in a planned manner in view of the mud in the summer as the capital roads are already dusty as no management could be made soon after the structures were pulled down during road expansion.
Dr. Bhattarai acquired information on the progress made on expansions so far from the concerned bodies and on the alternates as there were obstructions in places like Lajimpat and of the delays.
Dr. Bhattarai also drew the attention to immediately remove the debris in the roadside and to remove the telephone and electricity poles in various places where there was road expansion.
The PM asked them why the pulling down was swift but the reconstruction so delayed and the officials of the Departments of Physical Planning and Roads said tenders were called, budget was being collected and the works will begin in mid April after preparing the designs.
The Department of Roads said structures were brought down in 25 roads in the valley and so far 20 kms has been expanded and 450 million rupees of budget was demanded in the current FY.
Works of road expansion were prioritized in Kathmandu, said Deputy Director General of the Department of Roads, Madhav Karki. In this connection, Prime Minister Bhattarai also consulted with Minister for Physical Planning and Works, Hridayesh Tripathy, Local
Development Minister Top Bahadur Rayamajhi and concerned secretaries, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, Nepal Telecom, NEA and Kathmandu Metropolis. RSS