Kathmandu – The government has set a target to complete construction of the Banepa-Sindhuli road by March 2015. Also known as BP Highway after the country’s first elected prime minister, it has been 19 years in the making.
The 160-km route goes over the southern rim of the Kathmandu valley and connects it with the mid and eastern Tarai. Out of the total length of the highway, work on 137 km has been completed.
The road project has been divided into four sections—Bardibas-Sindhuli (37 km), Sindhuli Bazaar-Khurkot (36 km), Khurkot-Nepalthok (37 km) and Nepalthok-Dhulikhel (50 km).
Since 1996, the Banepa-Sindhuli road has been built with a grant assistance from Japan. Officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning, Works and Transport Management said that the road project had been progressing at a crawl for lack of resources and difficult terrain.