Jul 7, 2017-
Lands have been distributed to various government offices and security agencies to build office buildings and facilities in Mustang, with a view of expanding trade with China via the Korala border point.
District Judge Bal Ram Tripathi and Chief District Officer (CDO) Ram Chandra Tiwari distributed the land ownership documents to the heads of the concerned offices at a function on Wednesday.
Nepal Army was provided with 1,271 ropanis of land in Lomanthang-5, Mustang Customs office with 109 ropanis in Lomanthang-3, District Police Office with 13.6 ropanis, Armed Police Force (APF) with 33.11 ropanis, and Immigration Office with 12.7 ropanis.
Lt Col Surendra Dev Bogati of the NA, CDO Tiwari, Deputy Superintendent of Police Hariharnath Yogi, APF Deputy Superintendent Dev Raj Joshi and Customs Office Chief Sukradarshan Dhungana received the land ownership certificates on behalf of their respective offices.
CDO Tiwari said the land distribution process was a starting point for cross-border business between Nepal and China through Korala passage.
Construction of infrastructure and facilities required to facilitate the trade between the two nations will soon kick off, he added.
Most of the government agencies have been running their operations from the district headquarters in Jomsom. Once Nepal and China starts trade via Korala, Mustang is also expected to prosper.
Nepal and China had reached an agreement to operate the Korala border in December 2003. However, the Chinese authorities have been restricting the cross-border movement via Korala, citing security problems.
Source: Lal Prasad Sharma, The Kathmandu Post
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