Postal Highway: Crafting Social Fabrics across Terai of Nepal
Abstract: Roads accelerate the pace of development of any society. Developing nations across the world strive for constructing highways, including railways, ropeways, etc. so that they can deliver connectivity, business opportunities and secure livelihood to their peoples. The pathways of all kinds link surrounding areas, aid communication among the dwellers and enrich the sense of belongingness to their land and among themselves. Nepal, for many centuries, wished to have its own highway connecting its people from one end to another. However, hardly any rulers of Nepal in the past assigned resources for constructing one of such roads for benefitting people in general.
Postal Highway or Hulaki Rajmarg of Nepal is one such road construction project—starting at Kechana Kawal of Jhapa and ending at Dodhara of Kanchanpur, testifies manifest need of national highway almost a century ago. Envisioned and promoted by the Rana prime ministers Juddha Shumsher and Padma Shumsher, it vehemently emboldens the pitiable pace of development in Nepal.
The century-old project of constructing a national highway is still under construction. How has not it been completed even almost in a century? The question echoes out wide and deep into the policy and delivery measures of Nepal. Though the completion of this highway is dreamt to be contributing to augmenting the livelihood of people thriving across the Terai region of Nepal, the government agencies, contractors and local stakeholders should apply their collective efforts for a quicker finishing point without further delay.
Matrika Poudyal, Ph.D.
Scholar of International Relations and Diplomacy,
Tribhuvan University, Nepal