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‘Araniko highway expansion to continue’



Landslide in Siddhicharan highway, 2023. (file photo)

Banepa, April 22: The expansion of Sanga-Dhulikhel road along the Araniko Highway is to continually move ahead.

An agreement has reached to continue the construction of Banepa-Budol area under the project that has been stalled for the past one and a half months.

The construction has been postponed for over 45 days with the High Court Patan’s order to put off the constriction works, including culvert along the Banepa-Budol section.

Construction works will continue with a meeting of the local stakeholders and write petitioners agreeing to immediately withdraw a case.

The agreement was reached at a meeting chaired by Deputy Chair of District Coordination Committee, Kavrepalanchowk, Rim Bahadur Tamang on Sunday.

Similarly, the meeting agreed to divert the water from the under-construction culvert to the Chandeshwari rivulet through a separate drain within the road boundary without passing it through individual land.

Chief District Officer Rudra Devi Sharma said the dispute stalling the construction has been resolved after an agreement was reached to withdraw the court case and divert water from the under-construction culvert and mix it in the river.

It may be noted that thirteen people from Budol of Banepa municipality-6 had filed a writ petition on March 3, naming Suryabinayak-Dhulikhel-Sindhuli-Bardibas Road Project Office Bhaktapur, project chief Rajendra Das and Banepa-based ward offices 6 and 7 as defendants.

The contract for the expansion of Suryabinyaak-Sanga and Sanga-Dhulikhel roads was signed on March 2023 at the cost of Rs 4 billion 56.4 million in a way to complete the works in three years. The project as per the contact covers 8.4-km from Sanga to Dhulikhel. #nepal