Two new network arch bridges are going to be constructed over Bagmati and Dhobikhola in Kathmandu. For the first time in Nepal, these state-of-art technology bridges have been planned over Bagmati River on the Maitighar-Tinkune road section and another over Dhobikhola at Bijuli Bazaar, Kathmandu.
(A computer model of network arch bridge.)
A network arch bridge is a tied arch bridge with inclined hangers that cross each other at least twice and is made from materials such as steel or reinforced concrete. The bridge does not need additional support or cables.
According to the Kathmandu Valley Road Expansion Project, the previous four-lane bridges would be replaced by the new bridge at the Maitighar-Tinkune eight-lane road section.
After the devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 a new level of concern has been surfaced among the home buyers and home renters. That is because, most of the piller-system houses that collapsed to ruins were either constructed to sell or to rent. The reason of such collapse can be listed as:
- Use of low grade construction materials
- Ignoring basic engineering principles
- Construction without permit
It is no secret that the government regulating bodies are not as efficient as required. There are various loop-holes in construction practice. Almost everybody agrees that it would take more than just a little bit of effort to plug such loopholes. Change in system takes time and we don’t have the luxury of time. Let’s see what we can do to be safe in a rented house or apartment? How we won’t be cheated in buying a sub-standard house? Continue reading
The Manakamana Temple in Gorkha district was shaken by the earthquake of April 25, 2015. In a close-circuit video, the temple is seen shaking violently during the earthquake. Some of the walls of the temple were damaged although the temple didn’t fell down.
Watch the live video of earthquake in Manakamana temple: