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Construction of Kathmandu View Tower at snail’s pace

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KATHMANDU — Construction of Kathmandu View Tower at the Old Bus Park in Kathmandu is at a snail’s pace which will likely to delay the project completion on given time, said the Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

Now building foundation for the project is on, which is in the first phase, said KMC’s Public-Private Partnership Unit Chief Mahesh Kafle.

“The project will not complete in time as the construction is slow,” Kafle said.

The project was signed on March 6, 2015 between the Jaleshwor Swochchhanda Bikoi Builders Pvt. Ltd. and the KMC with the completion target of five years.  A total of workers are at work at present.

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The initial plan was to build a 29- storey building, but the project was reduced to 12 floors following the earthquake of April, 2015. The project will occupy approximately 23 ropani of land.

The construction company will have to pay an annual rent fare of Rs 9.8 million in the course of the construction, and the rent fare will increase to Rs 23.5 million annually.

Royalty will be increased five percent every year. The contractor will hand over the project to the KMC after 30 years.

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Sajha to bring 20 more buses to the Kathmandu Valley

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LALITPUR— The Sajha Yatayat is adding 20 more buses in the Kathmandu Valley.

The Kathmandu Metropolis is investing Rs 50 million while the Rs 10 million shall be contributed by the Lalitpur Metropolitan City to launch new buses manufactured by the Indian Company Ashok Leyland which will have features like of Sajha vehicles presently in operation.

The company targets to bring new passenger buses into the valley in the next two months and they will be seen on the Valley roads after getting registered at the concerned department.

The Sajha that is operated on a cooperative model was established on 16th March, 1962 (Chaita 3, 2018 BS) as per the then Cooperative Act-2016 BS to provide accessible and reliable transport services to the public at reasonable prices. But, all services had been closed in 2064 BS due to various reasons.

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The Sajha bus service was launched again on 13th April, 2013 (Chaita 31, 2069 BS) and at an initial phase, two buses were seen on the Kathmandu Valley in the morning of the following day( Nepal New Year 2070 BS) carrying the name of Sajha.

The government and local level owns over 90 percent share in Sajha

Currently, 47 Sajha buses are operated in the Valley.

Its long route services include the Kathmandu-Baglung and Kathmandu-Kushma, Parbat routes. Besides, it has special bus services meant for physically challenged people. It may be noted that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli last Tuesday inaugurated electronic-buses introduced under the management of Sajha.

 

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