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Road blacktop started 22 years after project commences

Twenty-two years after the commencement of the 'Kamerotar Land Integration Project' the work of tarring 11 meters of roads within the project has just started

2022 Mar 11, 8:19, Madhyapurthimi, Kathmandu
Workers blacktopping a road in Beni Bazaar, the district headquarters of Myagdi district, on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Photo: RSS

Twenty-two years after the commencement of the 'Kamerotar Land Integration Project' in Kamerotar within the Madhyapurthimi Municipality, the work of tarring 11 meters of roads within the project has just started. There was a long-running dispute between the landowners and the project as the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority (KVDA) was delaying the work of the project started in 2058/59 BS with the aim of completing it in two years.

The project had been selling plots of land with repeated extensions. The project has been extending the deadline time and again despite repeated pressure from the consumers to complete the project quickly saying that their land has been sold cheaply, the consumer's land has been cut more and the cost has been increased by delaying the project.

Mayor Madan Sundar Shrestha had been pressuring the Kathmandu Valley Development Authority to give ownership to the municipality saying that the project was abandoned after the people's representative came to the municipality. Mayor Shrestha said, “Such land consolidation done by Kathmandu Valley Development Authority the project has never been completed on time. The project has been extended for many years. We have been trying to take ownership of the project for two years after we came to the municipality.

The Kamerotar land consolidation project, which operates within an area of ​​1,486 ropanis, has so far completed 75 percent of the distribution of permanent red parts and 83 percent of the sales plot sales. Most of the roads are four meters long. In this project, only the remaining main roads were made 11 meters long after the 2072 BS earthquake.

After the municipality took ownership of the project, the work of gravelling all the four and 11 meter roads, laying sewage and drinking water pipes and constructing sidewalks on 11 meter roads has been completed. Mayor Shrestha said that a 1.1 million liter drinking water tank is being constructed within the project in the traditional style of historical taps and pots.

The municipality has called for an estimated cost contract of Rs. 742.7 million through the project. "If the project had been handed over to the municipality as soon as the people's representative arrived, we would have been able to complete all the work of the project till now. It took two years to complete the project, Mayor Shrestha said, "As soon as the municipality took ownership of the project, we had targeted to complete the blacktop of all the roads here within two years, but due to the delay of Corona and the contractor, only 24 percent has been completed."

Claiming that 90 percent of the work of the project has been completed, he said that the road blacktop will not be stopped now and all the road blacktop will be completed in the next one year. Satya Sundar Shrestha, head of the project, said that the project has repeatedly refused to remove the pole as there is a problem with the black paper as there is a pole of NEA in the middle of the four-meter road inside the project.

He said, "On the one hand, the blacktop work was delayed due to the contractor not starting the work on time. On the other hand, NEA has demanded crores of rupees to remove the electricity pole in the middle of the four-meter road constructed by the project." He said that there is a plan to complete the project soon.


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