The entire road used for transporting the imported goods from Tibet is blocked and Nepali traders have not been able to bring goods for the last five or six years, lamented Ganesh Badu, a local trader.
For some years, the Nepali traders transported imported goods from Tibet using the road in the Indian territory. But this was not sustainable as they had to pay much in customs duty.
The Indian traders too have not been able to bring goods from Tibet because of the bad condition of the road due to ongoing expansion works.
The Sitapul Tinkar Chhoti Customs and the customs offices at Dattu and Jauljibi, which were abandoned during the conflict period, have not been restored yet thereby causing a great deal of inconvenience to the traders.
“We are ready to pay revenue to the government. But it seems the government is not interested in the matter as no initiative has been taken to reinstate the displaced customs offices at the transit points,” said Mangal Singh Thagunna, president of Darchula Chamber of Commerce and Industry.