Jomsom-Kagbeni road being blacktopped

File: Kagbeni, the doorway to Upper Mustang
File: Kagbeni, the doorway to Upper Mustang

Myagdi, May 22

The road linking Mustang district headquarters, Jomsom, with a religious tourism site and the centre of Muktichhetra rural municipality, Kagbeni is being blacktopped. The 13-km-long Jomsom-Kagbeni road has been widened to 11 meters and is being blacktopped with the use of asphalt technology.

The Rautah-Atreya JV was awarded a contract of Rs 281.4 million in August 2022 for blacktopping the Jomsom-Kagbeni section along the Beni-Jomsom-Korala road, the national pride project.
The project manager of Contractor Company’s Rautah, Sanjay Bhatta, said that a prime coat has been placed on the blacktop of the two-kilometre road in the Eklebhatti area.

“We have already placed prime coat in two kilometres,” he said, adding, “We have imported pips, and bitumen and managed necessary equipment.” The task of keeping the base and sub-base has been completed, he shared, adding, “We have made preparations to blacktop the Jomsom to Kagbeni section within the current fiscal year.”

The company having a contract of 18 years had paced the given task after frequent warnings from the Beni-Jomsom-Korala road project to confiscate the deposit and blacklist the contractor. According to project chief Dhruba Kumar Jha, gravelling has been made 75 km out of the 110 km road connecting Jomsom to Korala bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Almost 85 per cent of the 25-km-long Charang-Chhoser section has been completed. Jha told RSS that all the sections connecting the Jomsom-Korala border will be gravelled after the up-gradation of this section

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