DHANKUTA, Jan 29: Opening of the Tamor Corridor Track remaining as the shortest route to link hills and Tarai has brought cheers among the locals.
The corridor falls under the north-south highway project aimed at connecting north (Tibet of China) to south (Jogbani of India) via Dhankuta, Panchthar, Taplejung and Tehrathum, the eastern hilly districts.
The operation of a 52-kilometer corridor's section (from Mulghat in Dhankuta to Sawakhola in Panchthar) has been beneficial for locals in multiple ways-from reducing travel hours to making the transportation of local agricultural produce to market easier, said a local Narendra Yakhya. People residing near the bank of Tamor River in Dhankuta shared that vehicles are moving closely thorough their settlement which they had never dreamt of.
Vehicles have already started travelling across the corridor stretching from Phidim Bazaar of Panchthar to Mulghat of Dhanukuta, giving a great respite for the locals. Over a dozen vehicles en route to Panchthar district headquarters Phidim from various Tarai districts and vice-versa are seen regularly on the corridor these days. A hotel business has been started along the corridor with the operation of track. Over three dozens of small hotels are already there along the corridor meant for serving passengers, said Hansha Morang Hotel proprietor Renu Devi Dahal.
As stated by project chief Kuber Nepali, works are on progress to finish the corridor linking Mulghat with Tibet of China via Majhitar of Panchthar, Suketar and Olangchunggola of Taplejung. Under the corridor, Suwang of Panchathar and Chatara of Sunsari will be linked by a 140-kilometer route and the contract agreement to this regard is likely to take place within a month. The Mulghat (Dhankuta)-Tibet section will have the total length of 18o kilometers while the section stretching from Ranibhansar in Morang to Tibet via Taplejung will be of 270 kilometers.