Repair of quake-obstructed Betrawati-Syaphrubesi to start from April 25

Kathmandu, Jan 6: Nepal Army is set to clear up the 28 kilometre-road stretch of Betrawati-Mailung-Syaphrubesi obstructed by April 25 earthquake from January 8.

The decision follows the direction of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport to the NA to hand over the road to the Department of Roads after completing the repair by the end of 2073-74 fiscal year.

Speaking at the development committee meeting under Legislature-Parliament, Brigadier General at the General Directorate of Construction and Development Works Uddhab Bista said that they would start the clean-up from January 8 and that Rs 50 million is estimated to cost the project.

He shared that also requested the government to provide fuel and necessary equipments for the purpose.

In response, speaking at the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Bhim Rawal said that the government would provide available resources to the army to carry out the repair, lauding the act of the army to fulfil their responsibility to do construction works despite difficulties.

Likewise, lawmaker Janardan Dhakal said that the army should involve in road construction, pointing out their outstanding works in the same sector.

Similarly, secretary at Defence Ministry Jaya Mukunda Khanal informed that the ministry would coordinate and preparations were underway to release Rs 50 million required for the repair of the road.

Meanwhile, the Development Committee urged the government to provide resources and necessary equipments to upgrade the Galchhi- Syaphrubesi-Rasuwagadi road.