Nepal Army has stated that it intends to develop the Kathmandu-Nijgadh Expressway in the following three and a half years.
The national army has advanced work on the national pride project following the government’s endorse the Detailed Project Report (DPR) developed by a Korean firm.
The project had declined to obtain momentum as of delay by the government in establishing the DPR, which was presented by the South Korean collective venture firm Yooshin and Pyunghwa in February.
The government approved the DPR on August 19.
According to the new DPR, the arrangement of the expressway has been modified in two places, specifically the Khokana region in Lalitpur and Mahadevtar-Lendanda. The new order spares the Sikali Temple in Khokana and Kodesh region, which also includes cultural and historical importance, as per the army.
The people from Khokana had staged a set of protests directing the preservation of the historical arrangement.
The current alignment will need the government to obtain an additional 78 ropani of land in Khokana and 30 ropani in Pharsidol.
The expressway’s distance has been decreased to 72.5 km from the first planned 76.2 km as of the change in the alignment. Following the variation in alignment, the army has said more tunnels on the Mahadevtari-Lendanda region.
Although the length of the expressway has been decreased nearly by 4 kilometers, the expected value of its construction has risen significantly. As per the latest DPR, the plan will require Rs 175 billion, according to Brigadier General Sharad Lal Shrestha.
Brigadier General Shrestha told that the expressway will possess a total of 87 bridges including 16 specific kinds of bridges and three different tunnels including a total 6.41 km length.
The expressway includes 12 passengers underpasses, 5 vehicle underpasses, 4 vehicle overpasses, one passenger overpass, and 141 boxes/pipe culverts, Shrestha stated.
During the expressway is set, the travel period from Kathmandu to tarai will be decreased by seven hours; vehicles from Kathmandu will reach Nijgadh in an hour.