The business community has requested that the government promote trade through the China-bordering point at Tatopani in the district of Sindhupalchowk. The Tatopani trade point has become erratic since the Gorkha earthquake.
Sindhupalchowk Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Nepal Trans-Himalaya Crossing Commerce Association submitted a memo to Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Saturday, requesting that the border point be fully operational. The business leaders encouraged the PM to take the initiative to restore Nepal-China commerce via the Tatopani border point, as businesses had been negatively impacted by unlawful trade over the border and recurrent catastrophes in the Sindhupalchowk district.
Bed Bahadur Shrestha, outgoing President of Sindhupalchowk Chamber of Commerce and Industries, stated that they had expressed their concern for the pointR17;s complete operation, adding that the Tatopani trade point had also played an important part in revenue collection. Similarly, hundreds of job losses and layoffs were recorded in Tatopani as a result of trade interruption.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Deuba was urged to take the lead in disaster mitigation. Sindhupalchowk has been increasingly vulnerable in recent years as a result of the Jure landslide, the devastating Gorkha earthquake, the Bhotekoshi flood, the Jambu and Lidi landslides, and, most recently, the Melamchi flood. The delegation also requested that the PM relocate people from flood-prone and landslide-prone areas to safer areas.