The tender process is opening in Nepal for a major road tunnel project reports World Highways' Nepal correspondent, Ram Krishna Wagle. The bidding is being managed by the Government of Nepal.
The project is intended to be handled under the EPC model and is expected to cost US$85 million. The project is for the construction of the Siddababa Tunnel, which will form an integral part of the Siddhartha Highway. The route is important for Nepal as it connects Pokhara with the border with India in the south of the country.
The tunnel measures 1.126km in length and has been designed with assistance from Switzerland. Construction of the tunnel is required as the area it passes through is prone to landslides, resulting in frequent blockages of the existing route.