Jun 132015
 

There’s only one highway from Kathmandu directly to the Indian border – and it’s often a hassle taking it. Congestion can cause major delays and even when it doesn’t, the trip easily takes 7-8 hours. But now those troubles may soon be gone. A four-lane freeway – with miles-long tunnels – it set to cut through hills and rocks from Hetauda to the capital. New travel time: one hour! The company behind it is NPBCL or Nepal Burwadhar Bikash Company Ltd and the project title: Kathmandu-Kulekhani-Hetauda Tunnel (KKHT) Highway. The video opposite is in Nepali but shows an animation that tells the story.

Projection of new Hetauda-Kathmandu freeway

Projection of new Hetauda-Kathmandu freeway

Plus, visit NPBCL’s website for details! The projection is that the highway can be built in 4 years. Still no project start or deadline is officially set, to our knowledge, but the formalities – concession and letter of permission from the government – are in place. It’s 58 km. of road, including three tunnels with a total length of 4,5 km, and the price tag? 345 million USD. Funding is a jig-saw puzzle of private and public money. Of course, that particular aspect might mean delays – everything from local VDCs to foreign donors are set to contribute – but construction has commenced, so for now the highway is underway! Read more here and here.

NB: It’s going to be a toll road and NPBCL will have the concession for 30 years after completion…

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