Koshi highway connecting Nepal, China and India soon: PM Oli

Published On: November 11, 2020 08:26 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KIMATHANKA, Nov 11: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli carried out an onsite visit of Kimathanka border point and North-South highway on Wednesday. On the occasion, he expressed his confidence that India and China would be connected with each other soon. 

Stating that North-South Koshi highway is an important road of the country to connect with China, India and Nepal, Prime Minister Oli shared that the government has given priority to it. Prime Minister Oli carried out aerial inspection of North-South Koshi highway.

The Prime Minister shared that responsibility has already been given to Nepali Army to   open the track at Kimathanka, adding that Kimathanka would become very close after construction of North-South Koshi road section. 

Referring to the intra-party disputes within the party, Prime Minister Oli reiterated that he would not tender resignation from the post of prime minister as he has become the head of the government to bring peace and stability after being elected by the people. 

Prime Minister Oli urged all not to run after the rumor of split in Nepal Communist Party, arguing that a rumor has been spread regarding the party split in recent period. 

The Prime Minister said that he was satisfied with the construction activities of Arun III Hydropower Project. He also made an aerial inspection of Pukhuwa, the power house construction site of the project and dam construction area.

On the occasion, Chief Executive of the Arun III hydel project Arun Dhiman shared that round-the-clock work was being carried out with the help of 2,400 workers. Three assistant tunnels and the diversion tunnel to reach the power house from the dam site have already been constructed.

According to the Project Development Agreement, the 900-MW capacity project is expected to be completed by 2022.The total cost of the project is Rs. One  144 billion, with Nepal getting 21.9 percent of the power free of cost.

Likewise, the locals affected by the project will receive shares worth 1.06 billion rupees and 30 unit power per month. The project has to be handed over to the Government of Nepal after 25 years of completion of the project.

Prime Minister Oli was accompanied by Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Basant Nembang, Chief Minister of State-1 Sherdhan Rai, parliamentarians and other leaders in the onsite inspection.


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