India provides NRs 800 cr financial aid to Nepal for road construction project

Indian Embassy in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu on Wednesday said that the government of India hasprovided Nepali Rs 800 crores of grant assistance under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) tostrengthen road infrastructure in the Terai region of Nepal.“Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador of India to Nepal and Basant Kumar Nembang, Nepal Ministerfor Physical Infrastructure and Transport jointly dedicated to the people of Nepal the Terai Roadsbuilt with the government of India grant assistance,” read the release by the Indian Embassy.Under the MoU, the Government of Nepal identified ten priority roads to be built underGovernment of India funding of NR 800 crore.These Terai roads are also called Hulaki Rajmarg and connect major towns located on the East-Westhighway with the India-Nepal border, these 10 roads are located in seven border districts of Province1, 2, and 5 of Nepal and provide a smooth travel experience to people of over 284 wards, 149villages, 18 village municipalities, 18 municipalities, and 1 sub-metropolitan city.The project has been implemented under the ‘Government of India funding and Government ofNepal implementation’ modality.“Each road has a seven-meter carriageway and two meters of shoulders on both sides. The roadsalso include drainage, footpaths with railings inhabitation areas, road signage boards, road markingsand other road furniture. Under the project, over 652 culverts and over 111-kilo meters of drainagenetwork have also been built,” the release said.The Terai roads project has helped strengthen road infrastructures in the Terai region of Nepal andfurther 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 byIndia in Nepal such as Integrated Check Posts at Birgunj and Biratnagar and cross border railwaylines.The 10 roads were divided into 14 packages and the Department of Roads (DoR) of Nepal awarded14 contracts during the period October 2016 to November 2017 for their construction forcontractual purposes.

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