September 25: Even though there has been talks regarding construction of flyovers in the Kathmandu Valley since the last five years, the construction is still uncertain.
The Department of Roads suggests that there is no urgency to construct the flyovers immediately as Nepal has no prior experience in construction while the investment is extremely high.
The department says that even if the study of flyovers is carried out, the construction won’t be completed immediately. A department source informed New Business Age that even though the construction of a flyover is on the pipeline, rumors about initiating the contract in the current fiscal year is unlikely.
The department has initiated a study in areas with high traffic congestion for the possibility of constructing flyovers.
The bridge division under the department had started a preliminary study four to five years ago to see if a flyover could be built in Baneshwar area. The plan to build the flyover has been included in the budget of the current Fiscal Year 2077/78. However, it has not been decided yet at which crossroads of the valley the flyover will be constructed.
Since, the flyover will be constructed for the first time in Nepal, essential and convenient locations with relatively low risk have been selected for construction site, informed Shiva Prasad Nepal, Deputy Director General of the Department. An agreement worth Rs 5.2 million has been signed with stakeholders to study three potential locations.
In the current fiscal year, the department has started a study to build flyovers at three intersections inside the valley, Gwarko, Satdobato and Ekantakuna utilizing Nepali consulting company and Nepali investment.