Chinese technical team starts preliminary study

Kathmandu, January 1

A Chinese technical team has initiated a preliminary study of the proposed - , especially for the tunnel section.

The team has started to conduct a preliminary assessment of the Tokha-Chhahare- tunnel section and will gradually begin the study of other sections of the road .

Keshav Kumar Sharma, director general at the Department of Roads (DoR), informed that the team has started its field survey of the area where the tunnel is to be built. “The team is active in the field and is expected to complete the preliminary study within a few months.”

The government had planned to build a 4.17-kilometre-long tunnel to connect Tokha with Gurjubhanjyang and a 24-kilometre-long tunnel to connect Betrawati with Rasuwagadi.

However, the Nepali Army is currently working on opening the track of the Betrawati-Rasuwagadi section citing that building a road instead of digging a tunnel would be more -effective.

On October 13, Nepal and China had signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 50-km road linking Kathmandu and Rasuwagadi.

The agreement was signed between the two during the visit of Chinese President .

According to the agreement, China may bear of the cost of building the road and tunnel, including the cost of all kinds of studies. The team, which is working in Nepal now, will submit its report and government and Chinese authorities will then start the work on the detailed project report (DPR) and detailed study.

Read the full news article on The Himalayan Times.

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