KESHAV P. KOIRALA
KHANDBARI: Minister for Local Development Vidyadhar Mallik and UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan jointly inaugurated a bridge over Sabha Khola in Sankhuwasabha district on Monday.
The UK government provided £3m for the construction of the 120-metre long steel truss bridge which links remote villages in the district.
The British minister arrived here in Kathmandu to see the UK aid agency DFID's work.
According to the British Embassy in Kathmandu, the inauguration of the bridge marks the four decade long successful co-operation between the UK and Nepal in the eastern hills of Nepal.
The bridge will safely link thousands of isolated communities in the remote district for the first time and is set to bring an economic boost to the residents, the Embassy said.
A second bridge will open in June this year to provide the first year-round crossing of the Arun River at Leguwaghat.
The two bridges will connect 174 miles (280km) of roads already built in the area. Local farmers and traders of Sankhuwasabha, Khotang, Bhojpur and Dhankuta districts will be benefitted by the bridges.