A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 9 April 2013 between the Embassy of India, Kathmandu and Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Department of Roads, Division Road Office, Hetauda for providing Indian grant assistance of NRs. 31.79 million for the construction of a bridge over Bangari River in Bara District under Nepal-India Economic Cooperation Programme.
The proposed 40 meter long bridge at Bhaluhi–Bharwalia VDC (Chiljhapati Ghat) would serve as a link to the road connecting the Nepal-India Border. The construction of bridge alongwith embankment on both sides will facilitate the easy movement of goods and services. It is expected that over 75,000 people of 8 VDCs are going to be benefited from this bridge by providing all year connectivity with the district.
The project will be implemented by the Division Road Office, Hetauda in accordance with the existing norms and regulations of the Government of Nepal. They will also be responsible for ensuring the quality of construction of the project and its timely completion. The MoU stipulates the constitution of an Oversight Committee, comprising of representatives of the Department of Roads and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring the implementation of the project in a time bound manner.
The construction of the bridge is in addition to Indian assistance of NRs. 29.30 million provided for the construction of two school buildings in the District. India has also provided eight ambulances and two school buses in the District.
Recognizing the importance of accelerating growth in Nepal, India remains committed to rendering all possible assistance in that direction, states the press release issued by the Embassy. The India – Nepal Economic Programme has an outlay of over NRs. 65 billion with more than 425 large and small development projects completed or currently being implemented in almost all the districts of Nepal. These development projects mainly in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development have been undertaken in response to local needs, and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.