Road to Tibet being constructed in Bajhang

DHANGADHI: A new road is being constructed in Bajhang district of the Far-Western Development Region to connect the district with Tibet of China.

The new road with a length of around 100 kilometres would connect the district headquarters Chainpur with Taklakot of the autonomous region of China.

The 25-kilometre track has been opened up so far while public transport vehicles operate along the 18-kilometre section from Chainpur to Dhamena of the district.

"We feel that we are so near to Tibet as vehicles have arrived in Rupatola of Dhamena," Gyan Bahadur Bohara from Rilu said, "It the government takes right initiatives to complete the road on time, Bajhang will be the major trade point in this region."

Local shepherds of Dhalaun, Kanda and Dhuli villages are already practicing some trade activities in Taklakot for years.

"This is the shortest route to reach the Kailash Manasarovar, the holy site of Hindus and Buddhists," Tek Bahadur Tamang of Dhuli said.

Government authorities in the district have been allocating Rs 50 million annually for the project.

"The trade point can be opened within five to seven years if the government allocates required budget with a priority," Ain Bahadur Singh, Engineer for the Khodpe-Bajhang Road Project said.