KATHMANDU: The Nepal Army has dismissed the reports that the construction work in the Kathmandu-Terai Madhesh fast track has come to a standstill due to a shortage of explosives.
“Blasting activities are going on at various locations of the project. There is no shortage of explosives,” said Narayan Silwal, an information officer for the army. A rumor has been circulated that India has stopped supplying explosives to the project which has been developed by a Chinese contractor company.
“As the contractor company is responsible to manage the explosives, the army has not received any report of a shortage of explosives,” said Silwal.
Silwal also said that some companies involved in the project have already taken a no objection certificate (NOC) to bring explosives from India, and others are in the process of doing so. The Army also produces explosives itself. However, companies can buy explosives from the suppliers of their choice.
“The companies can buy from anywhere according to their convenience and cost efficiency,” he added.
The physical and financial progress of the project has reached 21.18 percent and 19.58 percent with Rs 34.29 billion spent by mid-July.