OPMCM’s directives for speeding up road repair works in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM) has issued directives to the bodies concerned for speeding up the road repair works in Kathmandu by maintaining coordination, following a monitoring of the works.

Monitoring of the road repair works was carried out under the leadership of the OPMCM this morning in the New Baneshwar-Old Baneshwar-Gaushala-Chabahil-Chuchchepati-Bouddha-Jorpati area.

OPMCM joint-secretary Damodar Regmi said in course of the monitoring they found that 10 big pits were still to be filled at Chabahil. “There was a need for more improvement on the Bouddha road. The offices concerned as the Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion Project among others have been directed to carry out the road repair works using fine quality pebbles and aggregates.

The monitoring team had inspected the Chabahil-Gopikrishna Hall-Sukedhara-Narayan Gopal Chowk- Golfutar road after returning from Jorpati. It inspected the Narayan Gopal Chowk-Samakhusi-Balaju road, the Narayan Gopal Chowk–Maharajgunj-Lazimpat-Lainchaur-Ratna Park-Sahid Gate-Tripureshwar-Teku-Thapathali-Babarmahal road as well.

Secretary at the OPMCM Chandra Kumar Ghimire and secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Devendra Karki –led teams had carried out the monitoring.

The OPMCM stated that the pits and potholes at some places were found filled up and the road repaired well.

The water supply pipe was found leaking and water flowing out on the road from Lainchaur to Narayan Gopal Chowk, water had collected and formed poodles at different places along the Tripureshwar-Teku road and various materials were found kept in both sides of the road at Teku and the OPMCM has issued directives to clear up the road promptly.

Officials of the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited, the KUKL Project Implementation Directorate, the Department of Roads, Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion Project, Kathmandu Valley Development Authority, the Department of Water Supply and Sewerage and other related offices were also involved in the monitoring teams.

The finance and physical infrastructure division chief Regmi added that the meeting of the concerned authorities was called at the OPMCM at 3 pm today to discuss on various matters related to roads as coordination among these bodies was realized.

Kathmandu Road Expansion Project chief Deepak KC shared that Project Implementation Directorate was filling up the potholes dug up for fixing water supply pipes.

He added that the concerned bodies were active to fill up the holes and the task will be completed soon. The project office has stated that task of blacktopping of Tripureshwar-Teku road section will be completed within a month as it was made ready for blacktopping.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba had directed the authorities concerned to fill up the potholes and fix the roads in the valley after a schoolgirl, Binita Phunyal drowned in a pit at Nepaltar and another schoolgirl Satya Sapkota fell into a pit at Samakhushi some days ago.

After these unpleasant incidents, the task to repair the roads and fill up the holes has been intensified. It is stated that the Central Road Directorate and Division Office were working out to maintain the roads and fill up the potholes and pits.

Similarly, it is stated that the local units were allocated to fill up the potholes of the road sections which are less than eight meters in width. RSS