NHAI Project Manager Shamim Ahmed said today, "We have started the construction of four-lane roads between Piprakothi to Raxaul (in East Champaran district) to make this stretch
motorable for the vehicles carryig relief supplies and others bringing back stranded people from Nepal.

The damaged portion of the highway was proving to be a hindrance for relief supplies and swift evacuation of stranded Indian nationals in the quake-ravaged country.

The condition of the 72 km-long road under the NHAI's jurisdction came under scanner after a number of central ministers and state government officials rushed to the border town of Raxaul to monitor the rescue and relief work for the quake victims in Bihar and Nepal.

Apalled by the poor state of NH-28, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, to intervene in the matter.

"The NH-28 will be made motorable soon for expeditious movement of vehicles carrying relief supplies and bringing back stranded people from Nepal," Pradhan told reporters recently.

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