Lack of materials delays Kathmandu Tower construction

The construction of the Kathmandu View Tower at the Old Bus Park in the heart of the capital city is not making any headway due to lack of construction materials.

The delay in the tower’s construction is due to the fact that all the construction materials have to be imported from India, said Manoj Bhetwal, Chief of Jaleshwor Swachchhanda Bkoi Builders Pvt Ltd, which is tasked with constructing the tower under the public-private partnership model.

He said all construction materials apart from cement, stones, gravel and sand have to be brought from India. Currently, the construction site at the bus park has been shielded by a wall of corrugated zinc sheets. The construction process will ramp up once the materials arrive from India in a few days, Bhetwal said.

The buses and other vehicles of the bus park were relocated to the Open Theatre nearby in mid April for lending pace to the construction plan.

In the view of the changed building codes following the massive earthquake, preparations are being made to trim down the number of storeys to 12 while making the building quake-resistant.

The construction company as part of an agreement with Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) will operate the building for 30 years after construction completes. The tower should be completed within five years after the start of the construction work.

The cost of building the tower will reach an estimated Rs 3.50 billion, KMC Spokesperson, Gyanendra Karki said. RSS

Source: MyRepublica