Araniko highway reopened

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 5, 2015-

Nepal Army, other security forces and engineering squad of the Chinese Armed Police reopened the 37-kilometre section of the Araniko Highway from Tatopani to Khadichaur on Tuesday.

The Chinese side will formally hand over the road stretch to the Nepali side at a function to be held at Soaltee Hotel on Thursday, according to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Nepal’s bilateral trade with China was halted due to obstruction.

Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, acting Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi, Nepal Army officials, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai, and other officials will attend the ceremony.

After the reopening, trade with China will resume. A team of Nepali officials also made a field visit to the road stretch on Wednesday.

 The highway has been obstructed at different places due to landslides on the stretch. Nineteen engineering and 20 supporting equipments brought from China are used for removing landslide deposition and to open the road.

Nepal and China are good neighbours, friends and partners, said the Chinese Embassy in a statement Chinese People’s Armed Police and Nepali government and army team jointly initiated the reopening of blocked Araniko Highway on August 1, and have completed its opening.


Published: 06-08-2015 08:13

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