Parties in desperate attempt to open Tatopani customs

Kathmandu, October 1

Unified CPN-Maoist today sent a team led by leader Agni Sapkota to clear the obstructions created by landslides on the way to Tatopani customs.

One of the busiest customs from where hundreds of goods are ferried to Kathmandu remains closed due to the landslides caused by the April 25 earthquake.

The team includes members of Young Communist League, students and leaders affiliated to the Sindhupalchowk district committee of the party.

According to UCPN-M Sindhupalchowk Chairman Madhav Sapkota, the Agni Sapkota-led team discussed with officials of the Road Department and managed necessary equipment for opening the blocked road. Sapkota also said the team held discussion with the Chinese Border Security.

He said the Chinese team told the leaders that they were ready to supply even petroleum products once the obstructions on the roads were cleared. He informed that the Chinese team said the obstructions on their side had already been cleared.

According to Sapkota, the debris be cleared within a week if work continued at the same pace. “We have also requested the government to supply necessary fuel for clearing the roads,” he said.

CPN-UML aligned studen wing All Nepal National Free Students Union today headed towards Sindhupalchowk to open the Tatopani border at a time when India has been halting the supply of petroleum products and other daily commodities since the last few weeks.

Around 100 student volunteers affiliated to ANNFSU today reached Tatopani border between Nepal and China to open the roads that were damaged by the April 25 earthquake.

Shankar Pokharel, standing committee member of CPN-UML and former minister today bid farewell to the student volunteers with shovels and other necessary equipment to help clear the obstruction created by landslides around Tatopani border.

R C Lamichhane, spokesperson, ANNFSU said the campaign launched by students would open the eyes of Nepal government. “Our campaign will relieve Nepali people at a time when the festive season is at our doorsteps.”