DANG, Dec 17: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expressed concern over the Lamahi-Tulsipur four lane road in Dang whose construction has stalled for months.
Prime Minister Deuba said that he is aware of the delay in the construction of this road and he will take necessary initiative to speed up its construction.
In a meeting with Prachanda Bikram Neupane, a member of the Lumbini Provincial Assembly elected from Dang, Deuba said that he would get information from the concerned parties about the delay in road construction. "The Prime Minister has expressed his concern about the construction of the four lane road in Dang," said Neupane, a member of the Provincial Assembly.
During the discussion held at the Prime Minister's official residence in Baluwatar on Friday, Provincial Assembly member Neupane informed Prime Minister Deuba about the extreme carelessness in the construction of the four-lane road. Neupane requested PM Deuba to initiate the construction of this road, saying that the road was stuck due to the negligence of the construction company.
In response, Prime Minister Deuba said that he would take all measures possible to expedite the construction of the ongoing road project.
Fact Engineering and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd based in Mumbai, India has taken the responsibility for the construction of this road. Kathmandu-based Shrestha Construction has taken over the construction of this road through this company. A few weeks ago, the representative of this construction company gave a written document that they would do one percent more work within 15 days.
However, even after 15 days, the construction company has not started the work. The construction company had also signed a document saying that if the work does not start during this period, the contract would be canceled.
The Indian construction company took over the construction three years ago. This company, which took responsibility for the construction as per the contract to complete the work within 30 months, gave the road construction work to the contractor Anup Pandey of Tulsipur. But when Pandey did not work, the contract with him was terminated.
After that, the same Indian construction company has given the box contract to other contracting companies. So far, only 9.82 percent of this road construction work has been completed.