The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started the construction of a portable steel overhead bridge at Chabahil chowk.

The bridge, meant for pedestrians, is going to be constructed at a cost of Rs 8.27 million.

Kanchhaman Construction Service was given the contract to build the bridge on November 13, 2019. As per the contract, construction of the bridge should be completed within July 11, 2020.

The bridge, once completed, will be 23 meters long and two meters wide.

KMC Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya laid the foundation stone for the bridge on Thursday. Shakya said that the metropolis would gradually construct other overhead bridges at locations with high flow of pedestrians for their safety.

KMC has plans to construct overhead bridges at Jayabageshwari and Maitighar, completing them within the current fiscal year.

A budget of Rs 50 million has been allocated for the construction of overhead bridges this year.