Hulaki Rajmarga or Hulaki Highway (हुलाकी राजमार्ग) is a proposed / under construction highway of about 1,700 kms in terai plains which will connect eastern part of Nepal to the far western part. Most of time this highway will run very near to the Indo-Nepal border and somehow parallel to the present "Mahendra Highway" (east-west highway) which also runs through terai districts (plain areas) but about 20 miles north.
A similar highway named "Madhya-Pahadi Lokmarga" (mid-hill highway) is under construction which will also connect eastern Nepal to far western region but it runs further north through the hilly districts.
Literally Hulaki means Postal in Nepali language. During the Rana regime (1846-1951) the Hulaki route was used to transport Mails by postman. When the Mahendra Highway was planned in 1970s Hulaki route was one of the route proposed for the Highway. But the developers at that time decided to run the highway little bit north through the foothills of chure.
Highway points / Junctions
Many parts of the proposed Hulaki highway is already in use in different names. These are the key points and districts on the way of Hulaki Highway.
Jhapa : Bhadrapur (galgalia, India), Gauriganj
Morang: Rangeli Road- Rangeli, Biratnagar
Chitwan: Thori, Madi, Meghauli
Nawalparasi: Tribeni Susta, Parasi
Kapilvastu: Kapilvastu, Bahadurganj
Bardiya: Gulariya, Rajapur
Kanchanpur: Mahakali Jholunge Bridge, Chandani-Dodhara
Hulaki Road (Feeders)
HULAKI Road are the feeders that connect Hulaki Highway and Mahendra Highway. There are 19 hulaki feeders in terai districts.
Role of India
Role of India
Indian PM Chandrashekhar had given assurance to construct Hulaki Rajmarg in 20 terai districts in 2047 BS but the paper agreement was finalized only after 14 years in 2061 BS. According to the the agreement 'consultants' and 'construction contractors' have to be Indian national. Since then only 64.84 Km road has been blacktopped (कालोपत्रे) among total 1,792.42 Km in these 12 years. There are total 149 bridges planned but only 58 are under construction. Indian Contractors of different road segments have already left the sites. (L)
|Hulaki Rajmarga (source: onlinekhabar.com)|