House panel directs govt to repair Araniko Highway

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 17, 2015-

The Development Committee of Parliament on Wednesday directed the government to speed up the tasks related to upgrading and repairing the Araniko Highway. 

A field report submitted by the committee to Speaker Onsari Gharti states that due to the April 25 earthquake and landslides in subsequent days, the condition of road is “not very good in several sections”. 

According to the committee, if the road is not repaired soon, it would be difficult to import goods from China even after the Tatopani border point is reopened. 

“Though vehicles can ply the highway, two-way traffic is not possible in many places,” said the committee. 

Despite clearing the debris on the Nepali side, the 26-km Bahrabise-Tatopani section of the Araniko Highway still remains treacherous.

The committee has also directed the government to arrange sufficient manpower and sufficient budget for the maintenance of the road. 

Before the earthquake, China was building a dry port at Tatopani VDC-4 to facilitate the ever-increasing trade through this border point. But now uncertainty is hanging over the construction of the dry port, as China has not shown interest to open the border. The committee has directed the government to take immediate measures to make the dry port operational. 

Published: 17-12-2015 08:36

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