Rasuwagadhi, Tatopani border points yet to reopen

A truck preparing to enter into China at Nepal’s border to Tibet in Rasuwagadhi.

Kathmandu, April 4

On March 25, the government of Nepal had announced to re-open the major Nepal-China border points in Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi. However, even after 10 days, transit has not seen any kind of exchange.

For Nepal, a high-level committee formed to discuss preventive and precaution measures against the widespread novel coronavirus had approved for the border point to open according to the protocols set by the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.

But, Rasuwa Chief District Officer Arjun Bhandari informs that no team from either of the ministries have reached the border points with the said set of protocols or come in their contact. Hence, the border point still remains shut, he adds.

The MoALD also claims that its team that was in Rasuwa has not gone to the site. Likewise, the MoHP spokesperson Bikas Devkota says the officials are coordinating with officials at the two border points to resume work according to the protocols.

Sindhupalchok Assistant Chief District Officer Baburam Khanal informs that the preparation has concluded in the Tatopani border point as per the protocol and directives from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Home Affairs have been received to resume the trade activities. But, the Chinese counterpart has asked for time to resume transaction at the border point, he informs.

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