Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tatopani customs to reopen on May 29

One of the key trading points between Nepal-China – Tatopani customs point is slated to reopen from May 29. Tatoani customs point was closed for nearly four years due to the devastating earthquakes of 2015.
Both Nepali and Chinese governments have deployed technical experts to reopen the Tatopani customs point – the second largest checkpoint of the country – as soon as possible.
A joint ministerial team from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers including transport minister Raghubir Mahaseth and foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali the affected areas today.
The customs point that falls in Sindhupalchowk district is being reopened from May 1, but it will come to full operation from May 29, director general of the Department of Roads (DoR) Keshab Kumar Sharma briefed the visiting dignitaries. "Though the construction works of the Miteri Bridge will take another one-and-a-half months to be completed, the remaining works are almost finished," he said, adding that construction work of the dry port in Larcha and works related to upgradation of the road are also in the final stage. "Chinese Railway Construction Company (CRCC) is doing the work at the dry port and bridge." Work to repair customs office, godown check yard, check posts, bank and residences is also underway, he added.
Likewise, the works related to building retaining walls along the Arniko Highway – the only highway leading to northern neighbour – is ongoing.
Some works in the Nepali side is remaining but the Chinese side has completed upgrading the 9-km-long road from Khasa to Miteri Bridge that was damaged by the devastating earthquake.

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