Secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MoPIT), Arjun Kumar Karki has claimed that the much-talked about Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track road project will be completed within the next five years.
Karki made the claim while addressing an interaction titled ‘Engineers’ views on Kathmandu-Tarai Fast Track’ organized by Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA) in the Capital on Saturday (May 21).
“If we implement the project right now, the ambitious project will be completed within the next five years through domestic investment,” said Karki.
He also said that as the project has the support of all sides, MoPIT has taken initiatives so as to complete the project by 2021. “If we begin the project now, it will be completed within the next five years,” claimed Karki, adding that the agreement for the construction of the project will be signed within the current fiscal year.
According to Karki, the ministry is preparing to allocate budget for the construction of the project.
Speaking at the same program, NEA President Dhruva Thapa stressed on starting the construction of the project at the earliest possible. Uddhav Bisat, a General (engineer) of Nepalese Army, informed Republica Online that track opening of only about 12 kilometers stretch of the project remains now.
“Social issues and the issue of people’s displacement and the political transition are the biggest hurdles to the completion of the project,” he said.