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Narayangadh-Muglin road project will complete by May 30, assures Minister Mahaseth

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CHITWAN — Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said the ongoing Narayangadh-Muglin road widening project would be completed before monsoon.

Talking to media persons after inspectiing the project on Sunday, Minister Mahaseth said the project would be handed to the government by completing it within May 30.

“I don’t want to go through the past, but be sure if contractors failed to accomplish the target by that time, they have to face music,” he stressed.

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According to him, 18 bridges would be constructed along the road while contracts for 4 bridges have been already done.

On a different note, he took time to share the government dream of operating railway service from China to Lumbini via Kathmandu and Pokhara. Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s announcement to operate railway services in the country was not just a fantasy, but it was achievable, he argued.

It may be noted that first deadline for completing Narayangadh-Muglin road project was two years from April, 2015 to date, the deadline has been extended for the fourth time and contractors must to complete it by May 30, 2018 to meet the last deadline. So far, the project records an 82 percent progress.

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Cabs face music for non-compliance with meter rule

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KATHMANDU — Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has broadened its action against taxis unwilling to operate on metre reading.

The traffic police will make monitoring extensive following an outpouring of grievances against the taxicabs from the commuters.

MTPD’s Joint Spokesperson Mukunda Marasini said the authorities have been taking action against 50 to 70 taxis on a daily basis for not complying with the rule to follow metre reading when charging fare.

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“Earlier, around 15 to 20 taxis fell under the action, but now our action has intensified,” he said urging the commuters to dial 103 to inform against any cabbies unwilling to travel on metre reading.

The MTPD has been charging fine ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 to cabbies violating the rule. Spokesperson Marasini added that 30 police officers have been deployed in the streets of Kathmandu to monitor the taxis.

Around 4,000 taxis have already faced legal charges at the hands of MTPD in the ongoing fiscal year for non-compliance.

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