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Roadblocks, Nepal Samacharpatra



Construction of the final 1.5 km of the road connecting Besi Sahar in Lamjung to Manang's headquarter in Chame is likely to be delayed unless the government provides Rs 70 million immediately. The track which covers areas around Myarni and Sirnataal is considered to be the most difficult to work on and has already claimed the lives of two soldiers and nine other workers.This segment of the road was supposed to open within April, but the lack of funds and constant influx of tourists has slowed down construction.

The Department of Road had initially estimated the total cost of the 65 km road to be approximately Rs 1.37 billion. But after failing to work on the road, the government handed over the responsibility to Nepal Army. Once the army took over, they brought down the budget to 800 million and despite monetary limitations, carried on building the road by borrowing construction materials. So far Rs 700 million has been spent on the project. Although construction started in 1995, Major Indiwar Gurung says that progress has been extremely slow because of rough terrain, financial constraints and local interference.



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