Govt efforts on Koshi-Lhasha highway project lauded

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 22:

At a programme organised today, the Nagarik Sarokar Samiti (NSS) for the proposed Koshi-Lhasha highway lauded the government’s effort at supporting the construction of the highway.

Of the proposed 310 km-long road, 170 km has already been blacktopped and functioning. And as promised by the government, some Rs 3 million has been allocated in the mid-term budget for the initial survey of the rest of the highway.

Once completed, it will be the shortest highway that will link India and China. The concerned public including members of the NSS expressed their satisfation with the government and officials have given assurance to provide support to the fullest to make their dream come true. NSS treasurer Basudev Dhakal said that after the highway is completed, people can reach many places in south-east Asia including Hongkong, Vietnam, Thailand, SIngapore and Malaysia, via trains. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bharat Mohan Adhikary assured the people that the government would provide sufficient budget once the survey is done. He also said the Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Sun Heping, was also positive about the project. Vice-president of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Shankar Sharma, said the government would make the arrangement to seek aid from donor countries in the next budget if the survey is completed soon. CPN UML spokesperson Pradip Nepal, RPP spokesperson Roshan Karki, NC central committee member NC Gopal Raj Pahadi, also spoke in support of the highway.