KATHMANDU, Oct. 19: A new road from Maitighar to Bhadrakali has been opened for traffic from today for the facility of the general public.
The road was constructed after graveling along with security walls at a cost of Rs. 12.5 million by the Nepal Army, and was inaugurated by Minister for Physical Planning and Works, Hridayesh Tripathy.
Traffic will be easier in Singhadurbar area after the opening of the road, said Tripathy and directed to upgrade it soon. The earlier road from Maitighar to Bhadrakali was banned to general public for use by the army during the conflict period.
Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had made commitment to open the road a few months back at a programme ´PM with the People´ run by the Radio Nepal.
Nepal Army had proposed to build a alternate way citing security reasons. The 550 metre long and ten metre wide road will be upgraded to 14 m and will be made four lane, said Secretary at the Ministry, Tulasi Prasad Sitaula.
The four lane road will cost Rs. 80.7 million to upgrade, of which, Nepal Telecommunication Authority will spend Rs. 15.5 million and the rest by the Department of Roads. Tender has been called and will be upgraded in six months, said Sitaula.