Kathmandu-Tarai-Madhesh achieved tunnel breakthrough

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Kathmandu: On Friday, a 1.43-km-long tunnel breakthrough on the Kathmandu-Tarai-Madhesh expressway project of national pride was achieved.

According to the Army Directorate of Public Relations and Information, the final point of one of the ‘twin tube tunnels’ at Lendanda has been completed, and preparations for the completion of the other one are underway.

Of the 1.63-km-long tunnel at the Dhedre tunnel site, 1.506 kilometers have been cleared, and only 124 meters remain. Similarly, only 1.197 kilometers of the Mahadevtar tunnel, the longest in the project, are left to be cleared of the total 3.355 kilometers.

The project has been split into 13 packages, with the army yet to award contracts for the 6.5 km area at the Khokana-Bungamati area in Lalitpur, Makwanpur, and Nijgadh due to land acquisition at the entry point yet to be completed.

So far, the expressway has made an overall progress of 33.99 percent.

In the coming days, a special program will be organized during the breakthrough of other tunnels that are currently under construction, said the officials of the Nepal Army.