Committee formed to accelerate Kathmandu-Terai Madhesh Fast Track

File: Construction works are underway for the Kathmandu-Nijgadh fast track.
File: Construction works are underway for the Kathmandu-Nijgadh fast track.

Kathmandu, December 23

A coordination and monitoring committee has been formed by the Nepal Army to take forward the construction of the Kathmandu-Terai Madhesh Fast Track (KTFT) at the earliest.

The 72.5-kilometre national pride project is being implemented by the Nepal Army.

The four-lane expressway will connect Khokana of Lalitpur to Nijgadh of the Bara district.

The committee is chaired by NA spokesperson Brigadier General Narayan Silwal and is tasked to resolve the issues emanating while implementing the estimated Rs 175.19 billion project.

Committee chairperson Silwal says, “The committee has been entrusted with the responsibility to accelerate and complete construction of the project. It would be our major responsibility to fulfil that mandate.”

The committee consists of Colonel Rakshya KC, Lieutenant Colonel Sauravman Singh Basnet, Colonel Kamal Baniya and Colonel Dharmendra Jha, adds committee chairperson Silwal.

The project initiated in the fiscal year 2017/18 is expected to be completed by mid-January, 2025.

But, so far the project’s financial and physical progress is around 20 per cent. Until the last fiscal year, Rs 37.96 billion was spent.

There will be 87 bridges with a total length of 10,596 metres covering 14.62 per cent of the total length of the Kathmandu-Terai Madhesh fast track.

The project is taken as the shortest route connecting the Kathmandu valley to the Tarai Madhesh.

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