Govt warns to terminate contract of Narayanghat-Butwal road section citing slow progress

Published On: September 26, 2022 01:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

NAWALPUR, Sept 26: As the construction works along the Narayanghat-Butwal road section of the East West Highway remained intolerably slow, the government has warned the contractor of contract termination. 

Issuing a notice on Sunday, the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project of the Department of Roads said that the contract agreement would be terminated “if the existing way of working of the contractor was not improved.” 

The 114 kilometers long road stretch was separated in two sections while awarding the contract through a global bidding process. The China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited had won the tender bidding of both sections for pledging to construct the road section at the minimum base rate.   

It is said that several complaints were received on the part of the construction company regarding the dillydallying of the project. 

The project was expected to complete by August 7, 2022. However, the construction company has completed just 18 percent of the work even as the deadline ended. 

Against this backdrop, the Department of Roads has warned the construction company to mend its ways and ensure reforms in a month or get ready to face contract termination. 

The Department has further said that the travelers and vehicles have faced several issues including difficulties in travel, air pollution and others due to the carelessness of the construction company. 

The community people in the affected areas have also suffered while road accidents have increased. 

As the contract agreement ended on August 7, the government has extended the deadline by one more year at the request of the construction company but the construction works at present have halted, Chief Engineer of Narayanghat-Butwal Road Project (Eastern Section) Ramesh Kumar Dristi said.  

The estimated project cost is about Rs 17 billion received in loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank.


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