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Construction at Nepal's first tunnel highway going in full swing

[caption id="attachment_3028" align="alignnone" width="692"]A replica door of the Hetauda tunnel highway, at a local fare in 2013. A replica door of the Hetauda tunnel highway, at a local fare in 2013.[/caption]

With the aim of completing Nepal's first tunnel highway by 2016, work is going in full swing at the Hetauda-Kulekhani-Kathmandu Tunnel Highway. The promoters of the project, Nepal Purwadhar Bikas Company Limited (NPBCL), started work on the highway in November, 2013. The highway is expected to reduce the distance between the capital city Kathmandu and the industrial city of Hetauda by more than half. While people currently travel more than 133 KM from Kathmandu to reach Hetauda, the new 56 KM highway to the city will save both time and fuel for travelers.

A lot of infrastructure and property projects are also expected to boom around the places near the highway. This kind of project will be the first of its kind in this mountainous nation. The project already has managed to capture the public's imagination before its completion. There will be a total of 3 tunnels in the project with a combined length of 4.5 KM.

 

 

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