Kathmandu, January 19
As there are high chances of a tussle between the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Urban Development regarding who will be responsible in developing and owning urban roads, the Urban Road Standard has not been implemented for various road projects across the country.
“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