Birtamod-Sanishchare road being blacktopped

BANIYANI (JHAPA), JUNE 24: The blacktopping of the six-kilometre road along the Birtamod-Sanishchare road section in Jhapa is being carried out at the cost of Rs 155 million.

In the first phase, around one and a half kilometres of the road have been blacktopped from the bridge at Arjundhara-6, Mahanandachowk, said Ujjwal Khatiwada, an engineer at the Road Division Office, Damak. "The road is being constructed as per the multi-year plan," he said, adding that the work could be completed within three to four days if the weather permits.

The 500-meter road from the Tata Showroom in Birtamod to Mahananda Chowk will have a width of 15 meters, while the rest will be seven meters wide.

Locals had been blocking the road for the past three months, citing delays in the construction of the road. The locals turned happy with the commencement of road construction.

Mayor of Arjundhara Municipality, Baldev Gomden Tamang, said the blacktopping of the road has started under the title 'Operation Election Strategic Road'. "The locals were facing a lot of problems due to the lack of blacktopping of the road," he said, adding, "The blacktopping has started with the joint initiative of all stakeholders."

The construction company had won the contract for the blacktopping of the road at a cost of Rs 155 million.