On April 3, 2021 Prime Minister (PM) KP Sharma Oli unveiled a new plan to construct 165 strategic roads ( a road in each electoral constituency) within three years, each with a budget ceiling of Rs. 600 million. This means the total cost of the plan amounts to Rs. 57.1 billion for 2,210 kilometers of new blacktopped roads. This initiative was envisioned to achieve the government’s much touted rhetoric of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’. Despite the good intentions, this project is surrounded by questions about its effective implementation while looking at specific details. This is because the project has been initiated without essential financial or legal preparatory works. At the end of the day it’s the outcome that matters rather than intentions. Continue reading..