Since one year, the laying of foundation for the Kathmandu-Tarai expressway, Nepal Army, is yet to select the consultant for preparing the detail project report.
In 2016, the KP Sharma Oli –led government of had entrusted the Army with the undertaking by cancelling the decision of previous governments towards the job to an Indian consortium.
The national defence force formally started construction work for the 76 kilometre stretch after then prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal laid the foundation stone in May 2017.
In the 15 months, the Army has hardly cleared the trees from the track.
International bidding for the DPR was announced in February. Six companies from five countries were shortlisted in the first phase.
Once the consultant is appointed, the project office will provide a time period of around four months to complete the study and to present the report to the Army. Hardly three years and nine months to the deadline, no significant work has been done so far.
Currently the Army is carrying out preliminary construction of the road expected to shorten travel from Nijgadh in Bara to the capital to an hour.
Although the Army has no experience of doing technically challenging projects, it has opened tracks of over two dozen crucial roads in difficult terrains.
2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident
HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.
Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.
Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.
Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.