Friday, 19 August 2016

Nepal government capable of developing Kathmandu:Sher Bahadur Deuba

Posted by Anup Baral | August 19, 2016 :

Nepal continued considering a shortest and most convenient route linking Kathmandu with Birgunj. After connecting the Prithivi Highway at Mugling with the Mahendra Highway at Narayanghat in the early eighties, all vehicles using the Tribhuvan Highway since 1956, started to use 92 km additionally longer route for reaching from Hetauda to Kathmandu. An excessive gradient with numerous loops was the main reason for drifting away traffic from the Tribhuvan Highway. In 1992, UNDP sponsored a study on the Kathmandu – Hetauda – Birgunj Corridor which selected Pharping Humane route with 23 tunnels. The Japanese study in 1991 proposed three corridors and Swiss study in 1992 proposed five corridors. DANIDA supported study in 1993 proposed 3 tunnels and examined 7 alternatives which was followed by a Japanese study in 1994. In 2003, a Bagmati Corridor Feasibility study was conducted. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) supported conducting a feasibility studies and Preliminary Design.

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