Nepal develops roads in Terai region with NR 800 crore Indian grant
These Terai roads connect major towns located on the East-West highway with the India-Nepal border
Nepal has developed 10 roads in the country's Terai region with Indian grant assistance of Nepali Rs 800 crores. Also called Hulaki Rajmarg, these Terai roads connect major towns located on the East-West with the India-Nepal border.
This comes as an addition to the ongoing infrastructural development in Nepal with financial aid from India.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding, the Government of Nepal had identified 10 priority roads to be built under Government of India funding, the Indian Embassy in Nepal said in a press release.
These roads are located in seven border districts of Province 1, 2, and 5 of Nepal and provide a smooth travel experience to people of over 284 wards, 149 villages, 18 village municipalities, 18 municipalities, and one sub-metropolitan city.
The 10 roads were divided into 14 packages and the Department of Roads (DoR) of Nepal awarded 14 contracts during the period October 2016 to November 2017 for their construction for contractual purposes.
Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Nepal Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Basant Kumar Nembang on Wednesday jointly dedicated 13 of the 14 packages which have been completed and are already being used by the people of the areas for over a year.
(1/3)Ambassador @AmbVMKwatra and Minister Basant Kr Nembang jointly dedicated 13 Hulaki Road packages (about 270 km) built with GoI assistance of NRs 800 crore, to the People of Nepal. #IndiaNepalFriendship #NeighbourhoodFirst @MEAIndia@PMOIndia @MofaNepal @PM_Nepal pic.twitter.com/D6HqEdPnog— IndiaInNepal (@IndiaInNepal) March 31, 2021
The project has been implemented under the 'Government of India funding and Government of Nepal implementation' modality.
"Each road has a seven-meter carriageway and two meters of shoulders on both sides. The roads also include drainage, footpaths with railings inhabitation areas, road signage boards, road markings and other road furniture. Under the project, over 652 culverts and over 111-kilo meters of drainage network have also been built," the release said.
The Terai roads project has helped strengthen road infrastructures in the Terai region of Nepal and further boost people to people relationship between the border areas of the two countries.
These completed Hulaki Roads also complement the other major border infrastructure developed by India in Nepal such as Integrated Check Posts at Birgunj and Biratnagar and cross border railway lines.
With this, the India and Nepal bilateral relationship has seen another milestone in the development cooperation between the two countries.
In a video shared by the Embassy of India in Nepal, people of Nepal thanked the government of India for the financial assistance that helped in the completion of the project.
Please watch the video of Hulaki Rajmarg ???? https://t.co/Klhu9ePEwe— IndiaInNepal (@IndiaInNepal) March 31, 2021