Govt spending millions of rupees for substandard roads

Local bodies in Doti district are spending millions of rupees in construction of roads which fail to meet the standard set by the government.

Local bodies including the District Development Committee (DDC) and Village Development Committees (VDCs) are found to be spending the budget for rural roads which have not conducted environmental impact assessment.

“It takes a long time to meet all set criteria,” DDC Programme Officer Tek Bahadur Khadka said, “No any road being constructed currently have met the requirement.”

No any authority, however, has taken any initiative to control the investment in substandard roads. Such roads are often blamed for inviting floods and landslides during monsoon.

“Meeting the criteria is a must for sustainable development,” an engineer at the Division Road Office, Doti, Sunil Babu Panta said, “But, no one has paid any attention toward this.”

Panta warned that roads in slopes, river banks and forests can cause many disasters.

The DDC, however, does not have any record on how much is being spent for such roads.

Chairman of Doti district chapter of the Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), Krishna Malasi, said the DDC is releasing budget for such projects on the basis of undue political pressure.

So far, 34 among 50 VDCs of Doti have been connected to the road network. As many as 39 roads in the district have failed to meet the set criteria.

Source: THT