The Nepal Army has agreed to purchase explosives from India to build the Nagdhunga-Sisnekhola tunnel. The spokesperson of the Nepal Army Bigyan Dev Sharma informed that the construction company has been given consent to purchase explosives from India for the construction of the Nagdhunga-Sisnekhola tunnel.
Arjun Jung Thapa, Chief of the Department of Roads, Development Assistance Implementation Division, clarified that the department of roads will work with the Nepal Army and all the work will be completed based on the direction of the Nepal Army to purchase explosives from India for the construction of the tunnel.
Construction of the tunnel could not proceed due to a lack of consent from the army to purchase explosives. The construction company had sought consent to buy explosives from India since Ashad Month. The Department of Roads has stated that the construction of the tunnel will now proceed without any hindrance with the agreement to purchase explosives from the army.
The Nepal army has agreed to purchase 300 tonnes of explosives in the first phase. Nine hundred metric tons of explosives worth Rs. 200 million Nepalese rupees is required for the construction of the tunnel. It has been claimed that explosives would arrive in Nepal from India within the next three months.
Chief of the Division, Thapa said that the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport has written a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs to take the process forward after the agreement of the Army. The Home Ministry will ask the Ministry of Defence, if the Ministry of Defence says yes, then the Ministry of Home Affairs writes to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
The Ministry of External Affairs also writes a letter to the Indian Embassy. The embassy then informs the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. After discussions and agreement between the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Home Affairs in India, the manufacturing company is provided with permission to provide explosives to Nepal.