Agreement reached to continue Araniko highway expansion stalled for one and half months

Published On: April 22, 2024 03:49 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KAVREPALANCHOWK, April 22: The expansion of Sanga-Dhulikhel road along the Araniko Highway is set to continue its progress. 

An agreement has been reached to continue the construction of the Banepa-Budol area under the project that has been stalled for the past one and a half months. 

The construction had been halted for over 45 days with the High Court Patan's order to put off the construction works, including culvert along the Banepa-Budol section. 

Construction works will continue with a meeting of the local stakeholders and write petitioners who have agreed to immediately withdraw the case. 

The agreement was reached at a meeting chaired by Deputy Chair of District Coordination Committee, Kavrepalanchowk, Rim Bahadur Tamang on Sunday. 

Similarly, the meeting agreed to divert the water from the under-construction culvert to the Chandeshwari rivulet through a separate drain within the road boundary without passing it through individual land. 

Chief District Officer Rudra Devi Sharma said the dispute stalling the construction has been resolved after an agreement was reached to withdraw the court case and divert water from the under-construction culvert and mix it in the river. 

A total of thirteen people from Budol of Banepa municipality-6 had filed a writ petition on March 3, naming Suryabinayak-Dhulikhel-Sindhuli-Bardibas Road Project Office Bhaktapur, project chief Rajendra Das and Banepa-based ward offices 6 and 7 as defendants. 

The contract for the expansion of Suryabinayak-Sanga and Sanga-Dhulikhel roads was signed on February 28, 2023 at the cost of Rs 4.564 billion in a way to complete the works in three years. The project as per the contract covers 8.4-km from Sanga to Dhulikhel.

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