Chainpur-Taklakot road construction in limbo

By Shailendra Rokaya, Bajhang, May 21: The construction work on the Chainpur-Taklakot section of the Seti Highway is moving at a slower pace because of the indolence of the contractors.

The 117-km road would connect Bajhang with the Chinese Autonomous Region of Tibet. But so far, only 30-km track has been opened to the public.

The road is being constructed in two sections by two contractors. The Chainpur-Rupatola section is being constructed by Rajendra Construction Service at a cost of Rs. 750 million and the Rupatola-Dhuli section by Nagarjun Construction Service at a cost of Rs. 220 million. But according to the Chainpur-Taklakot Road Project, Nagarjun has been rather lethargic in its part.

Ain Bahadur Singh, chief of the project, said, “Rajendra Construction has completed 75 per cent of its work and is moving at a satisfactory pace.” He added, “But Nagarjun Construction has only been able to open 12 km of track since November 2017 with 20 km still remaining.”

Chief District Officer (CDO) Suresh Sunar informed that he had also monitored the construction work and found no problem other than the sluggishness of the contractor itself. “I have requested the contractors to finish the remaining work before Dashain.” The chair of Saipal Rural Municipality Rajendra Dhami also requested the contractors to speed things up and said that it would take another 10 years for the work to be completed at its current pace.

Saipal Rural Municipality is the remotest part of the district and the Seti Highway would be the first road to enter the area. Thus, the locals are eagerly waiting for the work to be completed so that they may be free from having to walk or use mules and sheep. However, they are not satisfied at the rate of work.

Member of the House of Representatives Aasha BK said that the road was a doorway that would lead Sudur Paschim State to prosperity. She also called on the government to declare Seti Highway as a national pride project. She also informed that the government was pushing for the timely completion of the road.

Meanwhile, the contractors pointed to the lack of oil, site disruptions and the approaching monsoon as the reasons for the delays.

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