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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Nepal Cancels $1 Billion Indian Fast Track Road Project

Posted by Anup Baral Nov 23, 2016 :
In a surprise move, Nepal cancelled all agreements with India's Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd on Sunday for construction of a fast track road linking Kathmandu to the southern Terai region. The Nepal government and IL & FS had signed an agreement in March earlier this year to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) for the $1 billion road project. At a meeting of the Development and Finance Committees of the Legislature-Parliament, Nepal's Minister for Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development Ramesh Lekhak announced that all deals signed with IL & FS were no longer valid and all public announcements made by the Nepal government to develop the project were also cancelled. The Nepal government has listed it as a national pride project and tabled a proposal for constructing the 76-km road with its own investment, he said. Lekhak said, "Now all bodies concerned should make decisions standing together in course of taking the nation's pride project ahead."

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