BAGLUNG, Sept 18: Three roads in Baglung Municipality are to be asphalted with grant assistance from the World Bank. The World Bank and the municipality had signed a MoU for this project in 2020.
As per the agreement, the grant of Rs 580 million is to be invested for infrastructure and social development and the municipality shall spend the amount under these two headings.
The municipality has started works on blacktopping the three roads, citing upgrading the roads as the first priority under the physical infrastructure development.
The agreement is being implemented three years after its signing and the municipality has started works on preparing the DPR of these roads. The blacktopping of these roads will be completed within two years, it is said.
The three selected roads will be widened to eight meters and 13 kilometers will be blacktopped.
Mayor Basanta Kumar Shrestha said that the World Bank representatives have also conducted a study of the three selected roads.
"Only 17 municipalities throughout the country have received this grant. The Baglung Municipality will utilize the grant in the blacktopping of three roads which will contribute to the development of physical infrastructures of the town," he said.
According to him, three standard roads will be constructed within the municipality in one and a half years under the municipality's Urban Governance and Infrastructure Development Program initiated three years ago.
The three roads selected for blacktopping are the 8.6 kilometers road from Ward No 7, Mulpani to Titaure, the 2.5 kilometers road from Odarchaur to Dhodeni and the 1.5 kilometer road from Ganesh Ghumti to Nirayaghat.