Roads have not reached two district headquarters
Sujit Mainali / July 4, 2017
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba speaking at Sajha Sawal talk show aired on Kantipur TV on July 2, 2017 said:
“Not all districts headquarters were connected by the road in the past, but this is not the case at present.”
Deuba said this while talking about motorable roads. All districts headquarters were already connected by foot trails.
South Asia Check has examined whether Deuba’s statement is fact-based or not.
According to the spokesperson of the Department of Roads, Daya Kanta Jha, the headquarters of Dolpa and Humla districts have yet to be connected with the national road network. However, the Simikot-Hilsa road connects the Humla district headquarters Simikot with the Chinese autonomous province of Tibet.
According to the budget for the fiscal year 2017/18, Rs 300 million has been allocated for the construction of Khulalu-Laifu-Kalikot-Simikot Road and to connect Dunai, headquarters of Dolpa district, with the national road network within a year (See point number 59 of the budget speech). The government will start spending the fund from mid-July.
This clearly shows that Simikot and Dunai are yet to be connected to the national road network. Therefore, Deuba’s claim is wrong.
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