'Speed up construction of Jayaramghat bridge'


Kathmandu, Nov. 17: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda Wednesday expressed his concern over the delay in the construction of the Jayaramghat bridge over the Dhudhkoshi River that links Khotang with Okhaldhunga.

Prime Minister Prachanda, who had been to Khotang for the inspection of the progress of the Mid-Hill Highway, a national pride project, recently had been apprised of the project delay by the locals.

According to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, the PM had called the secretaries of various ministries and other concerned officials at his office and asked them to expedite the construction work of the bridge.

Prachanda also asked the reason behind the slow progress of the bridge project.

“The PM had called the secretaries of the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Regional Administrator of the Eastern Development Region and Chief of the Department of Roads at his office to inquire them about the progress and problems of the project,” Govinda Acharya, Press Advisor to the Prime Minister, said.

Prachanda had shared the public concern over the delay in the completion of the bridge and directed the authorities to complete it by March next year.

He also asked the authorities to punish the guilty party responsible for the delay.

On the occasion, Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister Tanka Mani Sharma, Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Dhan Bahadur Tamang, Regional Administrator of the Eastern Development Region Shivahari Sapkota and Chief of the Department of Roads Devendra Karki were present.

They have expressed their commitment to calling the contractor and tell him to complete the project within the deadline, he said.

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