Tatopani best route to connect Nepal to China, concludes House panel

KATHMANDU: The Development Committee of the Legislature-Parliament has reported that the Tatopani transit point between Nepal and China is the one and only border point which is linked to roadway to connect two nations.

Committee Chairman Rabindra Adhikari said that the Committee recently conducted an onsite visit to the transit point and the Araniko Highway and made the conclusion.

While submitting the report to Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar on Wednesday, Chairman Adhikari stressed that from the transit point Rs 7 billion is generated as revenue annually.

Similarly, the trade via this point amounts to Rs 106 billion. With this, government must pay a heed to resume it, he underscored.

According to him, the roadway linking to the Tatopani border point should also be immediately upgraded.

This is the first border point ensuring trade and transportations with China after the construction of Araniko Highway more than five decades ago.

The transit point can be developed as a trade point between China and India too, said Chairman Adhikari.

The huge landslides caused by the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes around the border point on the Nepali side stopped the trade between China and Nepal.

On the occasion, Speaker Gharti thanked the Committee team for the extensive report at a time when the country is undergoing difficult days.