East-West postal highway to take Indo-Nepal relations to a new height.

    East-West postal highway to take Indo-Nepal relations to a new height.

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    The first phase of the East-West postal highway to be constructed in parallel to the Mahendra Highway will cover 609 kilometers of the 1,444 kilometers of the postal highway from Mechi in the east to
    Mahakali in the west. The postal highway is being constructed with the grant assistance of the Government of India. The project is expected to be completed at a cost of Rs. 50 billion, which includes the construction of 63 bridges on the way. It is estimated to take two years for the completion. The Bhairahawa-Lumbini section of the highway has been almost completed. All works of the 88.7 kilometer road under the Dhangadi section has been completed and preparations are on for blacktopping it, Director of the Postal Highway Project Mukti Gautam revealed. The highway, which would prove a backbone for he economic development of Nepal, would help take Indo-Nepal relations to a new height. An agreement to upgrade the postal road near the Indo-Nepal border, blacktop and upgrade it to a highway was signed in New Delhi by then Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala and Indian Minister for External Affairs, SM Krishna on January 15, 2010.

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