Siliguri: The 37.37-km stretch of the 13,177-km-long Asian Highway-II project that falls in India between Fulbari (on the India-Bangladesh boundary) and Panitanki (on the India-Nepal border) is expected to be completed only by the end of December this year. The Asian Highway-II project connects Indonesia with China and, when complete, is likely to boost economic activity in and around Siliguri in north Bengal as it passes through the area.
The new deadline was set after the project failed to wind up several times in the past.
Nirmal Mondal, project director of the Asian Highway-II stationed in Siliguri, said, “December 31 has been set as the new deadline to complete the project.”
However, workers and engineers working for the project, on conditions of anonymity, said that it would be difficult to complete the entire project within two months, as the flyover work in Bagdogra is not yet over. Bridges near the Airport More may also take some time to complete.
Meanwhile, the 900-metre-long flyover over the railway crossing near Medical More has been completed and the vehicles have started plying on a trial basis.
The 37.37-km stretch between Panitanki and Fulbari was earlier said to be completed by August this year.
According to Mondol, the official work on the said stretch commenced on May 28, 2015, but the actual construction work started only in December that year. A sum of Rs 708.72 crore has been allotted for the project.