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Construction of Bardibas-Nijgadh railway track moving at snail’s pace

BARDIBAS

Apr 15, 2019-

Even as construction of the Bardibas-Nijgadh rail track along the East West Railway started five years ago, works have not been completed yet.

Construction has not been over even on a 30km railway line. Locals said works to lay the railway track along the Bardibas-Nijgadh section are moving at a snail’s pace. Chiranjibi Hamal, a leader of the Nepali Congress, said the government should take initiatives to complete the construction soon.

Rail track has been built only up to the western part of Bhapsi stream. “I may not see a rail moving here in my life time,” said Phauje Mahato, 82, of Bardibas, adding that people have been talking about railway for the last five years.

Track is being laid in the area after the Department of Railways (DoR) completed the detailed project report (DPR) of the Bardibas-Simara section of the 945-km East West Railway Project.

Balaram Mishra, director general of the DoR, admitted that the construction works had been delayed. “Work has not gathered momentum because of a budget shortage, lack of modern equipment and hurdles to land acquisition,” he said. According to the department, they only have Rs4 billion left for railway works across the country. “It needs around Rs 8 to 9 billion to complete the East West Railway Project alone.”

Officials said the project has also been delayed because of the land acquisition hurdles. “In this manner, it takes 40 years to compensate the people for their land. The government should take initiatives to gather the momentum,” said Mishra, adding that the DPR of the railway has already been prepared. Land acquisition process has been started in Sarlahi, Rautahat and Bara districts along the Bardibas-Nijgadh rail track.

Not only the construction works of Bardibas-Nijgadh rail track, the construction works of Jayanagar-Bardibas Railway have also been affected after the DoR could not sort out the land acquisition process. Gopi Pokharel, a native of Bardibas-14, said that the government should provide them with suitable compensation for their land. “We are not against construction of the railway track, but the government should adequately compensate us before opening the railway track through our settlement,” said Pokharel.

 

Published: 15-04-2019 08:40

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