Amidst all the border disputes and geopolitical tussles with neighbouring China, an 18 kilometre road connecting the eastern part of Nepal with the western-most part of Sikkim aimed at strengthening Indo-Nepal relations has been sanctioned. The Himalayan State of Sikkim shares somewhere about 93 kilometres of its border with Nepal. The mentioned UttareyChewa Bhanjyang road, after its completion, hopes to bring equal opportunities for both countries in different sectors, mainly in the tourism sector.
A Long Road
‘Chewa Bhanjyang Pass, an important and popular pass in the Indo-Nepal border, is famous for trekking. The State government has started work on the 18 kilometre from Uttarey till the Nepal border (Chewa Bhanjyang) and it will most likely be completed by the month of December,’ stated MLA Maneybong, Dentam constituency, West Sikkim and Minister for Urban Development and Housing Development.
Once completed, it will be the first road link between Sikkim and Nepal. It is to be noted that Nepal has already constructed a road up to Chewa Bhanjyang. On this side of the border, road construction work has been allotted to Sikkim’s Public Welfare department which has a budget of ₹ 25 crore to work with. ‘We are targeting to complete the construction only by the end of this year, as there is the task of forest clearance as well,’ stated Maneybong.
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