UDAYAPUR, Dec 30 : The construction of a four-lane road in Gaighat – the district headquarters of Udayapur – is nearing completion.
The deadline of the project has already been extended three times. It was initially scheduled to be completed in October, 2018.
The latest deadline for construction on 940-meter stretch from Triyuga Bus Park to Gaighat expired in June. Surya Construction, the contractor of the project, had gone out of contact after the deadline expired. But it returned to work after the implementing agency – Gaighat-Diktel Road Planning Program – as well as Triyuga Municipality warned it of strong action. It has expedited works since then.
Pashupati Gyawali, chief of Gaighat Diktel Road Planning Program, said that nearly 90% of works has already been completed.
The total cost of the project is Rs 90.98 million.
"Blacktopping work is underway at present. If everything goes as planned, it will be completed in one and half months," he added.
There will be a two-meter median in the middle of the road to separate lanes. "Of the two lanes in one side, surface dressing work has been completed on one lane, while coating work has been completed on the other,” said Gyawali.
The construction company deployed workers in both day and night shifts in the past month as instructed by the Division Road Office, Udayapur.
According to Gyawali, the contractor has already filled soil in the median.
"Now, we will need to install solar lights and plant flowers and small trees in the media," he added.
Locals are hopeful that Gaighat bazaar will get a facelift once work on the four-land is completed. Ramu Rai, a local, said that the road with solar lights and garden in the median will be a major attraction in Gaighat bazaar.
Meanwhile, blacktopping work is remaining only in Gaighat bazaar section of Madan Bhandari Highway. The stretch to the west of Gaighat bazaar from Rajbas to Kalikhola, Mukhurchhi and Nepaltar has already been blacktopped. Similarly, the eastern stretch from Baruwa River to Beltar, Nadaha-Kanchanpur has also been blacktopped.