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Foundation stone laid for Japan-funded tunnel project in Nepal

  • October 21, 2019
  • , Kyodo News , 11:48 p.m.
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KATHMANDU — The foundation stone for a highway tunnel project to be built with Japanese assistance was laid at the biggest entry point to Kathmandu on Monday.

 

The 2.7-kilometer, double-lane tunnel at Nagdhunga entry point located in the southwestern outskirts of Kathmandu is expected to reduce to a third the time needed to cover the difficult Nagdhunga-Sisne Khola section of the national east-west highway.

 

On Monday, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, in the presence of Japanese Ambassador Masamichi Saigo, and Yumiko Asakuma, chief of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s office in Nepal, among others, laid the foundation stone at the eastern end of the tunnel.

 

The highway tunnel project, which is the first to be built in Nepal, is expected to significantly ease traffic along this bottleneck of the highway.

 

The Japanese government has extended 16.64 billion yen in low-interest loans to build the tunnel as part of its official development assistance.

 

The tunnel’s construction is expected to be over in three and a half years.

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