HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Department of Roads, in a bid to beautify the Capital city, is planning to construct two bridges that will have an artful blend.
DoR has constructed about 1,300 bridges across the country but all of them are simple in designs. Similarly, there are some 168 motorable bridges in three districts of the Kathmandu Valley.
“The two new bridges we are planning to construct will be different from the old ones,” said Rajendra Raj Sharma, Chief at the Bridge Unit of DoR.
According to DoR, construction work of these two bridges over the Bagmati River will be completed in three years.
A 100-metre bridge will be constructed at Sundarighat that will link Kirtipur, Kathmandu and Lalitpur, and another 90-metre bridge will be built at Teku where the mouth of the Bishnumati River merges with the Bagmati River.
“By next week, we will open the tenders for the projects,” said Sharma. “The contractors will have to prepare the final design of the bridges by the end of this fiscal. Construction work will begin from the next fiscal.”
Sharma informed that each of the bridges would cost somewhere between Rs 150 million and Rs 200 million. “These are a little costly. It would have cost only Rs 100 million if we had constructed bridges in old designs,” said Sharma.
DoR plans to construct more such bridges with artistic touch in other urban areas too.