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Army to reopen Araniko Highway by mid-Sept


KATHMANDU: Nepal Army (NA) on Tuesday said the alternative track construction to resume vehicular traffic along the Araniko Highway will resume by mid-September. A 7-km section of the highway remains disrupted due to massive Sunkoshi landslide of August 2.

NA has intensified construction of a 11-km detour as per government instruction. According to NA´s Technical Major Dr Ram Chandra Tiwari, NA has already opened 610-meter-long passage by Tuesday and the remaining work includes fresh cutting, upgrading of narrow roads, construction of two causeways and installation of a US donated truss bridge over the Sunkoshi River.

NA started clearing passage from Khadichaur Bridge to a place named One Kilo and upgrading of the Tauthali Khola-Tekanpur section. We aim to clear the passage up to the damsite in the next five days.

The government is under immense pressure to open the Araniko Highway as Nepal-China trade remains hugely affected due to the disruption. Hundreds of Nepal-bound cargo containers remain stuck on Nepal-China border.

Although 900,000 kg/meter water is exerting pressure on the landslide dam, the huge rock material is strong enough to withstand the pressure, the NA said organizing a press conference at its headquarters in Kathmandu.

“We cannot open large outlets for the pooled water as that may cause more flooding downstream,” Geologist from the Tribuvan University Ranjan Kumar Dahal said. Also, it is very costly to completely remove the landslide debris, he said. He said it might cost Rs 450 million to remove the whole debris, which is almost impossible. The water level above the landslide dam has so far decreased just by a meter. NA also clarified that it can´t carry any strong blast to make the water exit from the dam.

The NA officials also said that the sooner the government supplies land moving equipment, the quicker they can open the passage.

NA also stressed the need for conducting surveys, studies and exercising precautions to avoid such disasters in future. About 600 NA staffers have been deployed in the area for the construction of road.

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