Urban Road Standard gathers dust at Cabinet for five months


, January 19

As there are high chances of a tussle between the and the regarding who will be responsible in developing and owning urban roads, the has not been implemented for various road projects across the country.

On August 19 last year, the meeting had approved the standard that was forwarded by the on August 14 but the document has not been sent back to the ministry for its implementation.

“The reason why the standard has stalled at the Cabinet is that the document has not clearly mentioned certain specifications,” said a senior official from MoPIT, seeking anonymity.

The standard has not clearly mentioned about which roads will fall under the jurisdiction of MoUD and those that will be developed by MoPIT.

As per the official, MoUD has infringed on the jurisdiction of MoPIT while preparing the standard.

“The standard goes against the spirit of the Road Act, so it will be difficult to implement it even though the Cabinet has ratified it,” the source stated.

“We have raised serious concerns on the issue with the Cabinet through our minister,” the source further said. “The document states that even roads which previously fell under Department of Roads, including highways, will be developed by MoUD, which is infringing in our work area.”

Meanwhile, Madhusudan Adhikari, secretary at MoUD, said the ministry

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