A 4km stretch of road was opened some years ago by the district authorities from Gagmadhi to the planned road bridge site on the Mugu Karnali river. The road is part of the larger Nagma-Gamgadhi-Nakchyalang highway, which provides access to Rowa and from which the MHLR branches off at the Muku Karnali river crossing. The road is currently passable only by tractors, who travel the road frequently carrying construction materials from the river up to Gamagdhi.
The MHLR project includes improvement works to widen the hairpin bends and adjust the alignment to reduce the gradients in some sections. These works will not be sufficient to fully meet the national rural road standards, but will make it passable to jeeps, small buses and trucks so they can access the MHLR without difficulty.
In December, the MHLR team had met with local stakeholders, including Chhayanath Rara Municipality and landowners, to agree the widening and re-alignment works to be implemented, ensuring all landowners agreed to these plans in advance of works starting.
The MHLR team started work on the improvement section this week, using one of the EBRW Pilot excavators to start on the curve widening and realignment works. RBGs will construct the necessary drainage and retaining structures after the excavator has completed its work.