January 9: Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi checkpoints connecting Nepal and China have re-opened. Due to heavy snowfall, traders were facing difficulties to transport their goods.
According to the customs official, 10 containers arrived in Nepal from Tatopani checkpoint in Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality-2 on Friday.
According to Narad Gautam, chief customs officer at the Tatopani Dry Port and Customs Office, about 100 containers weighing up to 120 CBM were stopped at the Nyalam and Khasa parking lots as the road was filled with 4 feet of snow.
As soon as the snowfall stops, they will be loaded and brought to Nepal. Earlier, the Tatopani checkpoint was closed due to heavy snowfall in Khasa and Nyalam areas of China. Containers have started moving from Friday.
Similarly, Rasuwagadhi checkpoint, which was blocked due to snowfall and dry landslides, has also come into operation. The Syafrubenshi-Rasuwagadhi section of the highway has been fully operational since Friday after the obstruction was removed.
According to the local administration, all kinds of vehicles including passenger buses and container boxes carrying goods imported from China started moving freely as soon as the highway was opened.
Chief District Officer Nawaraj Jaisi informed that the power supply to Timure and Rasuwagadhi areas has been restored by managing the power poles and wires damaged by the landslide.
Due to the landslide from near Kalangkulung river in Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-3, electricity, telephone and internet service had been disrupted since the January 4.