On 2nd February 2021, India and Nepal jointly inaugurated the newly constructed 108 kilometer road which connects the Indo-Nepal border with several areas of Himalayan Country. Nitesh Kumar, Consul General of the Consulate General of India, Birgunj and Binod Kumar Mauwar, division chief of Department of Roads, Chandranigahpur jointly inaugurated the road.
- The construction of the road was considered as a high impact community development project under the agreement between the Government of India and Nepal.
- The Government of India grant under ‘Nepal-Bharat Development Cooperation’ was utilized for construction of Blacktopped Road. It has two packages viz. Package –I of 4.46 Kms from Indian Border-Laxmipur-Balara-Mirzapur and Package – II of 1.62 Kms from Mirzapur to Gadahiya Road/Hulaki Road.
About the road:
i.The blacktopped road connecting India and Nepal was constructed with the Indian Grant assistance of NR.44.48 Million (~Rs.2,79,89,740).
ii.The road connects the Indian border Laxmipur-Balarawith to Gadhaiya in Sarlahi District Nepal.
To Improve daily Connectivity at Border.
i.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated an 80 km long road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8 2020.
ii.Nepal claimed that the road passes through the territories of Nepal where India rejected the claim and asserted that the road is within Indian territory.
Recent Related News:
On 12th November, 2020, India and Nepal launched the construction of 3rd Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Nepalgunj, Nepal which will bring customs and immigration facilities under one roof to smoothen cross-border movement of cargo trucks. The Portion on Indian side will be built at Rupaidiha (Uttar Pradesh).
Prime Minister– K. P. Sharma Oli
Currency-Nepalese Rupee (NPR)