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Parliamentary committee directs govt to blacktop all roads inside Ring Road within a year

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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.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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