Three years since its inception, Sindhu road improvement project has failed to make substantial progress angering the locals who accuse the contractor of negligence leading to project delay.
According to Road Construction Committee, the road improvement project in Damauli under Rural Connectivity Improvement Project (SNRTP) was assigned to YP Construction at a cost of Rs 98.5 million.
However, the contractor is yet to finish upgrading a mere 12- km-stretch connecting Sanghe River bridge to Syamgha, Hatiya.
According to locals, the project initiated with a deadline of one year, but no remarkable progress has been made over three years and now the construction works are almost standstill.
“The contractor has been directed to finish construction by mid-July in 2019,” Chairman of Road Construction Committee, Surya Bhakta Acharya said.
However, authorities have passed multiple warnings to the contractor, to date.
“Commuters are bearing the brunt of delay in the construction,” Shanti Raman Wagle, chief of District Coordination Committee said, “We have already sought clarification from the contractor multiple times and fined it for its negligence but works have not moved ahead.”
In defence, an official of YP Construction Ratna Prasad Pradhan said the works have not gained momentum because of delay in payment by the government authorities.
However, the construction company has a tainted past and was recommended to the blacklist by district authorities of Jajarkot for leaving a bridge construction project in limbo.
Moreover, Home Ministry has failed to take action against the contractor based at Lalitpur, despite authorities blacklisting the contractor as per Home Ministry’s- yet to be implemented- action plan against negligent construction companies.
The Himalayan Times