Kathmandu: Around one and a half decade into construction, 83 percent work on the Postal Highway has completed. It takes around three years for the national pride project to complete, it has been said.
Under the project considered to be a base for the prosperity of the Tarai Madhes, construction of 910 kilometers road and 115 bridges have been over. COVID-19, disputes in the project location and the border blockade are blamed for a delay, said Dharmendra Kumar Jha, chief of the Postal Highway Directorate.
The construction of around 250 kilometers road has yet to be contracted, and work on around 500 kilometers is underway, said the Directorate. Negligence of the contractors in some cases is blamed for the delay, said Jha, adding that in some other cases, the contract was extended from time to time.
Chief Jha said although there was arrangement to extend the deadline even after the project was not completed within the deadline due to laws in past, now construction company could be fined for its failure to complete works within deadline. The construction company could face action accordingly if the construction company fails to complete the determine task during the extended period, he shared.
Now, around 500 km road is under construction under the project. According to the Directorate, contract would be cancelled if works are not carried out as per the schedule.
According to the Project, a target has been set to construct 27 bridges and to blacktop 160 km road in the current fiscal year. The latest deadline has been extended till current fiscal year 2079/80. Chief Jha said COVID-19 has affected this project like other many development projects.