Delays and development: Narayangadh-Butwal road project navigates challenges, achieves progress

KATHMANDU: In a significant development for transportation infrastructure in Nepal, a 33-kilometer stretch of the Narayangadh-Butwal section along the East-West Highway has been blacktopped, marking a milestone in the long-awaited road upgradation project. However, despite initial plans for completion within 42 months, the project has faced delays, reporting only 50 percent accomplishment over five years and three months.

According to Engineer Shiva Khanal, Information Officer for the Narayangadh-Butwal Road Planning East section, significant progress has been made, with 33 kilometers of road already blacktopped as of Baisakh 15 (April 27).

Plans are in place to further upgrade the roadway to accommodate four lanes, signaling a significant improvement in infrastructure for the region. Notably, the pace of progress has accelerated, with 18 kilometers of road upgraded in the last five months alone, a stark contrast to the previous pace of paving just 15 kilometers with blacktop over nearly half a decade.

All small bridges spanning 25 meters have been constructed, marking another milestone in the project. Currently, the focus is on the construction of large bridges, which are crucial for the completion of the upgradation endeavor.

However, challenges persist, particularly in the eastern direction from Danda of Kawasoti, where blacktopping efforts are advancing but are hindered by awaiting site clearance work at Dumkauli, Rajahar, and Gaindakot. These delays have contributed to setbacks in the overall upgrading process, highlighting the need for timely coordination and execution of project activities.

The project, implemented to upgrade a 113-kilometer road stretch from Gaindakot to Lumbini, has been divided into two clusters: the 64.42-kilometer stretch from Gaindakot to Daunne (East Section) and the 48.58-kilometer stretch from Daunne to Butwal (West Section). Facilitated by a loan of Rs 16.99 billion from the Asian Development Bank, this project holds national significance and has been recognized as a pride project for Nepal.

In terms of infrastructure enhancement, urban areas along the route will benefit from an additional two lanes, while Daunne will have a three-lane setup along a five-kilometer stretch due to topographical challenges.

This strategic approach aims to improve traffic flow and ensure safer and more efficient transportation for both commuters and cargo along this vital transportation corridor.

Fiscal Nepal |
Sunday May 5, 2024, 10:42:57 AM |

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