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Taopani checkpoint to be opened in May

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The Tatopani checkpoint bordering China, which is the second largest checkpoint of the country, will be resumed in May, said Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Raghubir Mahaseth on Tuesday.
The checkpoint has remained closed for nearly four years after the devastating earthquake of 2015.
Protection works are going on to control and repair the damaged section of the Arniko Highway with an intention to reopen the checkpoint as soon as possible.
Minister, who had reached the reconstruction site to inspect the work progress of the checkpoint and the highway heading a delegation on Tuesday, said that the Tatopani checkpoint would resume in the fourth week of coming May.
“The reconstruction work is on a war footing. The checkpoint will be reopened in the last week of May at any cost,” Minister Mahaseth said.
Stating that there was no obstruction on the way to the Tatopani checkpoint, he maintained that as soon as the reconstruction of Miteri Pul on the Nepal-China border was accomplished, the northern neighbour would hand over the bridge to Nepal.
Similarly, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, who was also a part of the delegation, said that the Chinese government was being requested time and again for reopening of the Tatopani checkpoint that was a symbol of connectivity and friendship between the two countries.
Gyawali said that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli had raised the issue of Tatopani checkpoint with a high priority during his two China visits, mentioning that he had also raised the issue during his China visit.
Prime Minister Oli’s Principal Political Advisor Oli Bishnu Rimal, Foreign Affairs Advisor Rajan Bhattarai, Development Management Expert to the PM Ghanashyam Bhattarai, former Minister and Nepal Communist Party leader Agni Sapkota and CEO of National Reconstruction Authority Sushil Gyawali were also the part of the delegation led by Minister Mahaseth.

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