DoR to Sign Contract for Construction of Gwarko Flyover Soon

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 DoR to Sign Contract for Construction of Gwarko Flyover Soon

January 24: The Department of Roads is all set to sign an agreement with Ashish-Parallel-Religare JV within two weeks to construct a flyover at Gwarko along the Kalanki-Koteshwor section of the Ring Road. The department is signing a contract to complete the flyover within the next two years under the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) model.

The Department of Roads had issued a tender last June to construct a four-lane flyover at Gwarko Chowk.

According to Prabhat Kumar Jha, director of the Center for Quality, Research and Development under the department, an agreement will be signed with the joint venture company, as it offered the lowest bid. The company will be awarded a contract worth Rs 170 million within the next two weeks to construct the flyover.

"The flyover in Gwarko is in the process of agreement," Jha said. "We have submitted a proposal to the finance ministry for financial assurance for flyovers in Satdobato and Ekantakuna." The department has already studied and designed the flyover to be built at Ekantakuna and Satdobato along the Ring Road. He added that these flyovers will also be constructed in the EPC system.

The Ministry of Finance is preparing to call for a bid to construct these two flyovers in the current fiscal year if the financial resources are secured. Similarly, studies have been completed for the flyovers to be constructed at Gaushala and Koteshwar while a study is being done for a flyover to be constructed at Baneshwor, said Jha. The flyover project, which has been under discussion for a long time, has moved ahead as increasing number of vehicles has made traffic management more challenging in the Kathmandu Valley.

Although it is termed as a flyover, the department has designed a 35-meter bridge of simple type, not a complex structure like in developed countries. However, the final design will be prepared by the construction company.

The Kalanki-Koteshwor section of the Ring Road has been upgraded to eight lanes with the help of the Chinese government. The government has allocated Rs 340 million for flyovers in the current fiscal year.




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