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Nepal, China agree to construct 2nd friendship bridge in Rasuwa

KATHMANDU, NOV 20 -

Nepal and China have agreed to construct another “friendship bridge” in Rasuwagadhi on the Nepal-China border. The bridge is second of its kind: In 1964, a bridge was built over a river bordering Sindupalchok on the Nepali side and Zhangmu port in China’s Nylam.

The bridge—proposed to be located along the Rasuwagadhi highway that stretches to the border with China—is expected to help the two counrties expand their cross-border trade and transport as it will link Nepal with major highways in that part of the northern neighbour.

“Nepal and China entered an agreement some three months back in China to construct the friendship bridge. The 100-meter long bridge will be constructed over the Trishuli river with Rs 100 million Chinese contribution,” Tulsi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at Ministry of Physical Planning and Works, told the Post. The Chinese have laid the foundation of the structure on their side, he said.

Nepal will construct a bridge in Hilsa, Humla district, a busy entry point on the Nepal-China border, on its own. This bridge, however, will not be a friendship one as both its pillars are located on the Nepal side.

“I laid the foundation of the bridge in Hilsa, which is 55 meters long and will cost Rs 60 million, three months ago,” said Sitaula. This bridge will link Nepal with a blacktopped highway in Tibet, he added.

Of the six major entry points between Nepal and China, the one in Rasuwagadhi is slated to be readied soon with a Chinese assistance. Known as the Silk Road between Kathmandu and Tibet, the route will connect Syabrubesi with Rasuwagadhi in Nepal. The track is being blacktopped.

The 18-km road from Rasuwa to the Tibetan Autonomous Region of Kuti/Kerung in Shigatse prefecture was once known as a viable trading gateway for bilateral trade.

“China has brought its railway up to Shigatse. From there, a road link has been extended to Tinger, which would later stretch through Kerung to the Nepal-China border,” another senior government official said.

Posted on: 2011-11-21 08:37


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