Tatopani border closed after Nyalam-Ramite road section caves inRevenue worth Rs66.9 million was collected at the border point in the first two months of this fiscal year, the customs office of Tatopani Dry Port says.
Tatopani border point at the Nepal-China border in Sindhupalchok district has been closed after the Nyalam-Ramite road section along Khasa area in China caved in.
The transit point officially resumed with four containers ferrying wool entered the Nepali side from China on May 29, four years after the 2015 earthquakes. According to Chinese officials, workers are now repairing the landslide damaged 40-km Nyalam-Ramite road section.
Raj Kumar Paudel, chairman of the Bhotekoshi Rural Municipality, confirmed that the Chinese side had closed the border to repair the damaged road section. “Chinese officials have informed us that they will complete repair works within a week. We have been discussing with the people’s representatives about the situation,” said Paudel.
At present, only five Chinese security personnel are manning the border point. Deputy Superintendent of Police Hari Thapa of the Armed Police Force said that administrative work at the border point was ongoing. “The border has been closed because of the repair works on the road. Containers have been stopped at Nyalam area now,” he said.
According to the customs office of Tatopani Dry Port, revenue amounting to Rs66.9 million was collected at the border point in the first two months of this fiscal year. Customs officials said that wool, clothes, electronic appliances, shoes and toys, among other goods, are being imported from China.