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Negligence of contractors blamed for tardy upgrading works on Postal Highway


03 November 2023  

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DHANGADHI: Work on upgrading the Kailali-Kanchanpur road under the National Pride Postal Highway has been sluggish in recent years thanks to insufficient budget.

The contractors have been blamed for delaying the road. Only 31 kilometers of the road have been upgraded in the Kailali section four years into the upgrade.

The total length of the road is 69 km from the Mohana Bridge of Dhangadhi in Kailali to Satti Khakraula. Road upgradation is ongoing in the remaining section, said the
Postal Highway project office in Dhangadhi.

Out of 29.5 km of road from Lamkichuha in Kailali to Satti Khakraula through Tikapur bazaar area (north-south), eight km has been blacktopped. Road upgradation remains from Tikapur to Khakraula. Potholes have developed in the single lane road in the area causing transport difficulties, complained the locals.

Out of 62 km of road from Dokebazaar in Kanchanpur to Daiji bazaar through Belauri, 38 km has been blacktopped in seven years. The section from Dokebazaar to Belauri has been blacktopped while many parts from Belauri to Darji through Beldandi are yet to be tarred.

In the previous fiscal year, a budget worth Rs 750 million was allocated for upgrading the road. In the current FY, 2023/24, Rs 400 million has been allocated. For upgrading the Kailali section, the contract was awarded in the FY, 2076/77 BS and of the Kanchanpur section in the FY 2073/74.

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