Govt warns to terminate contract of Narayangadh-Butwal road section 

This undated image shows the aerial view of vehicles plying Narayangadh-Butwal road section of East-West Highway.

NAWALPUR: The government has warned to terminate the contract for the construction works carried out along the Narayangadh-Butwal road section of East-West Highway as the work has seen slow progress.

Issuing a notice on Sunday, the South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Project of the Department of Roads said that the contract agreement will be terminated if the contractor did not improve the way they are working.

The 114-kilometre road stretch was separated into two sections while awarding the contract through a global bidding process. The China State Construction Engineering Corporation had won the tender bidding of both sections for pledging to construct the road section at the minimum base rate.

It is said that several complaints were received on the part of the construction company regarding the dillydallying of the project.

The project was expected to complete on August 7, 2022. However, the construction company completed just 18% of the total task by the final deadline.

Against this backdrop, the Department of Roads has warned the construction company to mend its ways and ensure reforms in a month or get ready to face contract termination.

The Department has further said that travellers and vehicles have faced several issues including difficulties in travel, air pollution and other issues due to the carelessness of the construction company.

The community people in the affected area have also suffered while road accidents have soared.

As the contract agreement ended on August 7, the government has extended the deadline for one more year at the request of the construction company but the construction works at present have halted, Chief Engineer of Narayangadh-Butwal Road Project (Eastern Section) Ramesh Kumar Dristi said.

The project is being developed with nearly Rs 17 billion in loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

(With inputs from RSS)

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