October 26, 2014

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Road Projects

Dhulikhel Sindhuli Bardibas Road Project

The construction of Banepa Sindhuli Bardibas Road started in November 1996 with a grant assistance of Government of Japan. The main objective of this road is to connect Capital city of Kathmandu with the Eastern Terai and hence linking to neighboring cities in India. This road link is not only expected to provide an alternate link to Kathmandu with the Terai, it is also expected to bring considerable socio- economic changes along its corridor. This road joins Dhulikhel along the Arniko highway to Bardibas along the East West Highway with a length of about 158 km. For the construction purpose this road has been divided into four sections.

• Section I Bardibas- Sindhulibazar section (37 Km)
• Section II Sindhulibazar- Khurkot section (39 Km)
• Section III Khurkot - Nepalthok section (32 Km)
• Section IV Nepalthok-Dhulikhel section (50 Km)

Schematic Diagram of Banepa Sindhuli Bardibas Road (Road are only computer graphics)



Out of these sections, construction of Bardibas - Sindhuli Bazar section started in November 1996 and was completed in March 1998. The construction of this section included 9 numbers of bridges and 17 numbers of causeways over the 37 km of road, which was constructed in 1987. This section has been opened to traffic since its completion in 1998.

The construction of Nepalthok-Dhulikhel section started in April 1998 and is under construction. This section includes construction of 50 km of road with 5 numbers of bridges and 6 numbers of causeways. Out of 50 km 34 km section of this road has already been completed and is already opened to public traffic while rest of the road is expected to be complete by March 2003.

The construction of Sindhulibazar-Khurkot section started in January 2001, this section includes construction of 39 km of road with a bridge and 3 numbers of causeways. Earthwork over 12.5 km of this road section has been completed. This section is expected to be complete by 2007.

The construction of Khurkot - Nepalthok section has not yet been started and expected to be start soon.

Environmental Issues

After the promulgation of Environmental Protection Act (EPA) for the first time during the basic design of section II Sindhulibazar Khurkot section, a Complete Environmental Impact Assessment was conducted. Extensive discussion on various aspects on environmental issues was discussed with the local people and their concerns are properly addressed. Furthermore, various slope stabilization techniques has been adopted, this includes use of retaining and breast walls, crib works, gabion works, geotextiles and most interesting being the bio-engineering works which includes the locally available techniques like plantation of trees, shrubs including turfing and the soil seeding method imported from Japan. Though initially this technique has been found little expensive because most of the materials used in this method being imported from Japan and for making this method economical effort has been made to use the locally available materials so that this method could be extensively used in Nepal.
Other Issues

In order to effectively address the most common local issues related to local drinking water supply and irrigation channels to the local fields. This project has taken this challenge to properly relocate the existing drinking water supply line and the irrigation channels so that the affect from these could be minimized. Extensive discussion with the locals regarding the environmental issues has been very useful for the project, however the late realization and awareness in these issues is still a challenge to the project to address issues to be faced in later stages of the project execution.