The Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal for starting construction of a new Bridge over Mechi River at India-Nepal border.
The new bridge will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 158.65 crore, which will be funded by India through Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan.
The new bridge over Mechi River, covering a length of 1500 meters will be constructed as part of up-gradation of the Kakarvitta (Nepal) to Panitanki Bypass (India) on NH 327B. National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) under Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will be the implementing agency for this project.
Mechi Bridge is the ending point of Asian Highway 02 (AH02) in India leading to Nepal and provides critical connectivity to Nepal. The construction of bridge will improve regional connectivity and has potential to strengthen cross border trade between both countries and potential to strengthen industrial, social and cultural exchanges.
Mechi River: It is a trans-boundary river flowing through Nepal and India. It originates in the Mahabharat Range in Nepal. It is tributary of Mahananda River.