DHANGADHI, Oct 17: Construction of the postal highway has not gained momentum even though it was declared a national pride project by the government. Contractors responsible for constructing various sections of the highway have been missing one after another deadline. This has worsened as government authorities have also been failing to monitor progress of the project and holding responsible parties accountable.
KATHMANDU, August 6: Construction entrepreneurs have welcomed the eighth amendment to Public Procurement Regulation, stating that new provisions in the regulation will help in the growth of infrastructure development in the country.
KATHMANDU, July 24: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa on Tuesday said that the government was preparing to take action against 1,848 contractors for failing to meet the deadline in various construction projects.
MELAMCHI, June 27: The task force formed to resume works of the Melamchi Water Supply Project has urged the project's agitating local contractors, workers and suppliers to claim their due amount within three days.
KATHMANDU, June 15: Contractors fear that the provisions 'regressive' for the construction industry will stay in the seventh amendment of Public Procurement Act, similar to those in the recent sixth amendment, which had riled the contractors.
KATHMANDU, June 4: To improve value-added tax (VAT) compliance and ensure recovery of the VAT paid by the government to contractors or suppliers of public entities, the government has amended VAT Rules.
PANCHTHAR, Feb 9On Thursday, an excavator was parked along the Tamor River in Majhitar for the extraction of construction materials. The excavator was digging deep into the river while a tipper and tractor were busy loading and unloading sand and stones. This site falls 500 meters within the suspension bridge.
BARA, Dec 29: AJL Nirman Sewa, the construction company assigned the task of fencing the land allotted for the Second International Airport at Nijgadh of Bara, has been found to be compromising the quality of work.
DOLAKHA, Nov 20: The Charikot-Khadichaur road widening project has come to a halt due to the negligence of the authorities concerned and the contractors, locals alleged. The delays in upgrading the road that links the mid hilly districts with Kathmandu has made it inconvenient to the business fraternity, and millions of commoners who use the road regularly. The Charikot-Khadichaur road connects Kathmandu with Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, and Ramechhap, among other hilly districts.
KATHMANDU, Oct 13: President of Federation of Contractor's Association Nepal (FCAN), Rabi Singh, said that they will soon run a training center to train contractors for their capacity building, in association with the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT).
CHITWAN, Aug 29: Chair of the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN), Pushpa Kamal Dahal, has insisted on the need of breaking the ingrained culture of setting (collusion) in bureaucracy which has only served the vested interests.
KATHMANDU, July 27: Tanahu Hydropower Company Ltd (THCL) has selected Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti (CMC) as the contractor to construct head works of its 140-megawatt hydropower plant. Issuing a statement, the hydropower company said the Italian contractor will be awarded Rs 20.64 billion (including provisional sum and value added tax) worth of contract to build cofferdam and construction of dam as part of the first package of head works.
KATHMANDU, July 12: Two groups of civil contractor companies are in a huge tussle to win a contract for rebuilding Dharahara. The tussle between a joint venture of Kalika Construction Pvt Ltd and Rasuwa Construction Company on one hand and Raman Construction Pvt Ltd on the other surfaced at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Tuesday.
ROLPA, July 2: Home minister Ram Bahadur Thapa has been speaking of penalizing contractors who do not complete work on time. However, there are some contractors who have not received payments for works completed on time.
KATHMANDU, June 25: Delays and dilly-dallying in infrastructure projects had stopped to some extent following strong moves taken by Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa against construction entrepreneurs.
KATHMANDU, June 17: At a time when Home Minister has stated that the government would take an action against contractors for delay in completion of the project, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghu Bir Mahaseth has stood with the contractors.
NUWAKOT, June 10: The District Administration Office, Nuwakot, has recommended the names of construction entrepreneurs who failed to complete the given task in the slated timeframe. The contractors are blamed for leaving 31 development projects in limbo.
JANAKPUR, June 5: A year ago, Janakpur was declared temporary capital of Province 2 amid protest against the decision. Residents of Birgunj protested against the decision while pitching their own city for getting the status. Though the protests have not completely simmered, Janakpur is struggling to get a makeover. Despite having rich cultural and historical heritages, the city continues to be plagued with dilapidated roads, garbage mismanagement and messy market areas, among others.
KATHMANDU, June 4: Following instruction from the government to take action against construction companies defaulting on their work, District Administration Offices across the country are acting tough against them. The district authorities have been sending names and details of such companies to the federal government.
KATHMANDU, June 3: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has issued a fresh directive to all district authorities to take necessary legal action against those contractors who have either failed to complete development projects on time or have done substandard work.
GORKHA, May 28: Many multi-million rupee projects in Gorkha district have remained incomplete even months after crossing the deadline. In fact, there are hardly any projects that could be listed as meeting completed within the deadline. Infrastructure projects including road, drinking water, building construction among others are plagued alike by the same problem.
KATHMANDU, May 27: Small and medium-size civil contractors have accused the big contractors of tarnishing the image of the sector by not doing their work in time and by lobbying bureaucrats to land contracts.
DHANGADHI, May 25: It has already been seven years since a contracting company ‘Lama Sherpa Shalpa Biruwa JV’ was awarded the contract to build a bridge over the Kandra River along the Postal Highway, a project of national pride.
KATHMANDU, May 18: The government has intensified crackdown on those contractors who have either failed to complete development projects on time or done substandard work.On Friday, police briefly detained two contractors, who have been delaying road construction projects under various pretexts in Pokhara.
BARDIYA, Feb 13: With a budget of Rs 790 million, the construction of a 57-kilometer long stretch of the Postal Highway in the district has been expected to provide strong infrastructural backbone for the country. However, the construction has been marred with severe negligence on the part of the contractors of the project.
In Nepal, half a dozen contractors exercise monopoly over construction contracts. The cartel holds sway over entire construction administration and political sector. They huddle together before bidding for large infrastructure projects. A report by Public Procurement Monitoring Office under Prime Minister's Office has exposed their workings.
KATHMANDU, Dec 25: In the last fiscal year 2016/17, the government spent Rs 204 billion in capital expenditure injected in infrastructure projects, purchasing machinery and equipment for capital formation.
CHITWAN, Dec 18: Two construction companies getting a contract to work on the Narayangadh-Muglin road widening project have been fined Rs 7.5 million for failing to complete works within the agreed time.
KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Contractors handling small road projects in several towns and rural areas are yet to receive payments for works completed in the last fiscal year. Some have not received payments for multi-year projects completed in the current fiscal year.
KATHMANDU, Nov 15: Among thousands of candidates vying for public offices in the upcoming elections are dozens of contractors who have won bids to build roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. Major political parties have fielded them as both first-past-the-post (FPTP) and proportional representation (PR) candidates.
KATHMANDU, Nov 12: CPN (UML) Vice Chair Yuvraj Gyawali has stated that the Nepalese politics is getting into the clutches of the contractors and capitalist group. Vice-chair Gyawali, who did not take the ticket for the House of Representative election had expressed that the contractors are increasing in order to dominate politics.
KATHMANDU, Nov 7: Residents of Kalopul and Sifal Chaur urged Nepali Congress’s candidate Gagan Thapa to bring tougher laws against underperforming contractors during Thapa's door-to-door campaign today. Residents expressed the pain that they’ve been facing, especially with delayed road construction in the area and complained of lack of accountability of contractors. Current government provision does not incorporate scrapping contractors in cases of poor performances. As a result, development works get delayed.