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Nepal Plans New Route to Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 00/10/25; October 25, 2000.]

KATHMANDU, Oct 24 (AFP) - Nepal is making final preparations to construct a second road link with Tibet between the Syapro foothills of Rasuwa district and the Kerung frontier, officials said Monday.

On completion, the 190 kilometre (115 miles) road will provide a second route after the Kathmandu-Kodari Highway, an official from the Department of Roads said.

Nepalese and Chinese authorities are working jointly to complete the project which was expected boost trade between the two countries.

The Chinese government has awarded a contract to Fin-Map, a Finnish Company, to conduct the survey for the entire road, the official said.

Fin-Map will complete the aerial and digital mapping with the economic feasibility studies and costs to be finalised by January next year, he said.

A Chinese Embassy source said here that an agreement would be signed between Fin-Map and the Chinese Embassy Commercial Consular this week.

The Nepalese government allocated 50 million rupees (683,060 dollars) from its 2000/2001 budget while China has chipped in 650 million rupees for the project.

Economic planners say the link will also help ease traffic on the Kathmandu-Kodari Highway.


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