Rasuwagadhi border to reopen Monday

File: Rasuwagadhi border point between Nepal and China

Kathmandu, February 28

The Rasuwagadhi-Kerung checkpoint in Rasuwa district, one of the major trade points with China, will reopen full-fledged from Monday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

The checkpoint had remained closed since the Chinese Spring Festival and subsequent Lhosar festival in Nepal, the ministry’s spokesperson Sewa Lamsal informs.

According to her, the Chinese side has already agreed to resume the trade point that has remained closed since February 11 this year. The resumption, however, may defer by a day or two owing to technical reasons, she maintains.

Another border point shut due to the same reason, Tatopani, has already come into operation.

The Rasuwa district has been Covid-19-free and all the staffers at the Customs Office, Rasuwagadhi, including 35 container drivers, 15 labourers and a team of security personnel have already been vaccinated, shares Customs Office Chief Ram Prasad Regmi.

The Nepali side had a hard time convincing the Chinese side that there were no health risks on the Nepal side due to the coronavirus infection, says Regmi.

The checkpoint fetches over Rs 20 million of revenues on a daily basis on average. It was completely shut down from February 10, 2020, to July 11 the same year following the outbreak of coronavirus infection.

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