Nepal Army defies House directive to continue fast track construction

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Kathmandu, April 25

The Nepal Army has defied a directive of the Public Accounts Committee successful the House of Representatives astir the operation of the Kathmandu-Terai accelerated track.

The committee connected April 1 had directed the service to cancel the bidding process successful the 2nd bundle of the passageway and span operation nether the accelerated way task aft reports of irregularities. However, connected Sunday, the service called a announcement calling the missive of intent from the contractor for the tunnels and bridges.

Earlier, the service had qualified lone 1 company, Poly Changda Engineering Co Ltd of China, among 21 bidders for the operation work. The institution has won a declaration of Rs 20.85 billion.

Two days aft the House directive, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is besides the Minister for Defence looking aft the subject affairs, had expressed his disagreement implicit the committee’s conclusion.

Meanwhile, the service says the House directive was for the authorities and not for the army.

“The Ministry of Defence had asked america astir the directive, and we person sent our effect backmost to them. Since the authorities did not contented immoderate acquisition to america to halt the work, we person moved guardant the process regularly arsenic per the Public Procurement Act and Regulations,” the service spokesperson Santosh Ballav Poudyal says.

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