Cost Sharing for New 1500 Meters Indo-Nepal Border Bridge Finalized. Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will be signed between India and Nepal for laying down implementation arrangement on Cost sharing, Schedules and Safeguard issues for starting construction of a new Bridge over Mechi River at Indo-Nepal border. The estimated construction cost of the bridge is INR 158.65 crore which will be funded by Government of India through ADB loan.
The new bridge is part of up-gradation of the Kakarvitta (Nepal) to Panitanki Bypass (India) on NH 327B which covers a length of 1500 meters including a 6 lane approach road of 825 meters. Cost Sharing for New 1500 Meters Indo-Nepal Border Bridge Finalized. Mechi Bridge is the end point of Asian Highway 02 on the Indian side, it leads to Nepal and provides critical connectivity to the landlocked country of Nepal. The new bridge will improve regional connectivity and possesses the potential to strengthen cross border trade between both the countries and further cementing the ties by strengthening industrial, social and cultural exchanges.
National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) functioning under Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has been designated as the project implementing agency. DPR for this project has been prepared and alignment of bridge has been finalized in consultation with Government of Nepal.