DHADING, Oct 16: The government has resumed blacktopping the Naubise-Nagdhunga road section from Tuesday.
The upgrading of the Naubise-Nagdhunga road was halted ahead of Dashain following massive traffic congestion along the section. The repair work had stopped as the traffic congestion in the Prithivi Highway resulted in the death of a patient.
The Department of Roads has already informed the District Administration Office and the police about the repair of the road section. As night buses enter Kathmandu in the morning, the contractors are requested to repair the road section during the day time.
People from more than 65 districts use the Naubise-Nagdhunga road section of the Prithivi Highway to enter and exit Kathmandu. The government has been allocating millions of rupees annually to upgrade the road section.
The Division Road Office, Bharatpur, has awarded the contract to GMR Company to upgrade the road section. As per the agreement with the contractor, the road section was supposed to be upgraded by June this year.
According to Ruk Bahadur Khadka, inspector of Area Police Office, Khanikhola, the contractor has been requested to work at the time when few vehicles ply the road section.
“Vehicular movement is massive on the road section during mornings and evenings, so we have requested the contractor to work during the day time,” Khadka said, adding that traffic police personnel are mobilized along the road section to ease the vehicular movement.
During the Dashain and Tihar festivals, around 12,000-18,000 vehicles and loaded trucks enter Kathmandu via the road section. Also, more than 18,000 vehicles exit Kathmandu through the Naubise-Nagdhunga road section.
A massive number of loaded trucks coming to Kathmandu during the festive season have also been damaging the road section. GMR Construction had bagged the contract to upgrade the 15-kilometer road along Naubise-Nagdhunga section.
The left lane (while entering Kathmandu) is full of big potholes. As huge numbers of loaded trucks enter Kathmandu, the left lane is often damaged. The road section is repaired every year, but as the contractors don't work properly, the Naubise-Nagdhunga road often remains in a poor state.