Nagdhunga Tunnel Way will be completed within a year: Minister Jwala

Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Prakash Jwala taking stock of progress of under-construction Nagdhunga Tunnel Way in Kathmandu, on Friday, May 26, 2023. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Prakash Jwala has assured that work related to Nagdhunga Tunnel Way will be accelerated and carried out ensuring that the vehicles could ply on the way within a year.

Taking stock of progress of under-construction Nagdhunga Tunnel Way today, Minister Jwala said that the incumbent government was ready to address all problems surrounding the tunnel way and, thus, warned that the construction company could not halt the tunnel project under any pretext.

The country’s first tunnel road project measures 2.7 kilometres in length and has two lanes. The foundation stone for the project was laid in October 2019.

Talking to mediapersons, Minister Jwala said, “We have come here to examine the progress of the under-construction Nagdhunga Tunnel Project. We will also find out the problems and issues prevailing in the project. We have led Nepal to tunnel era.”

It was shared that only 699 metres of the tunnel way was left to connect the main tunnel and 200 metres left to connect the rescue tunnel which are expected to be carried out during the upcoming Dashain festival.

He pledged to acquire information from the project chief and other stakeholders so as to find out issues relating to the supplies of construction materials and compensation to the victims whose lands were acquired for the project.

Furthermore, he shared that the Transport Ministry was serious about delivering on the tunnel project as soon as possible. The tunnel is being developed with concessional loan assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Meanwhile, he said that there was no excuse for anyone when it comes to the expansion and construction of the road from Nagdhunga.

Assuring optimum support from his ministry, Minister Jwala was ready to consider amending the laws and Acts if need be to deliver on the construction of physical infrastructures.

He urged the contractor company not to compromise on delivering quality road. The road expansion project is supported by the World Bank.



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