KATHMANDU — The Development Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has directed the concerned authorities to speed up ongoing road expansion drive in Kathmandu Valley and complete blacktopping of all roads within the Ring Road boundary in a year as per the government’s policy and program for fiscal year 2016-17.
The Committee on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion Project, Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Road Division to complete blacktopping of all roads within the boundary of Ring Road in coming year.
In the meeting, the stakeholders held discussion on the up-gradation of all roads within the ring road as well as on road expansion drive, people’s participation, compensation and working system to that end.
The government policy and program has stated that the ongoing Kathmandu Valley road expansion drive will be expedited and all roads within the Chakrapath will be blacktopped by a year.
Committee Chairperson Rabindra Adhikari also directed the agencies concerned to inform the people of the respective geographical areas about the annual plan of road widening and maintenance in different places.
Chairperson Adhikari instructed to let people know the jurisdiction of the agencies while widening the road under the Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion Drive.
2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold
RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.
Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.
The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.
According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.
It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.Follow @gorkhapost