H.E. Ambassador of India, Shri Manjeev Singh Puri inaugurated the RCC Bridge over Kaligandaki River at Jomsom in Mustang District. The Government of India has extended a total of NRs 4.45 Crores as financial assistance for construction of this project under its Small Development Programme Scheme as a part of India–Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme.
2. Before construction of the RCC Bridge, the suspension bridge built on the river Kaligandaki could not be used for motor transport. People had to alight from the vehicle and took another vehicle from across the river to reach their destination. The newly constructed RCC Bridge would not only provide direct motorable connectivity to the local people of Mustang but also benefit thousands of tourists and pilgrims visiting Muktinath temple and other parts of upper Mustang for trekking.
3. Till date, ten GOI Aided Projects worth NRs. 25.77 Crores have been completed in Mustang District. These projects include School Buildings, Dharmshala at Muktinath Temple, Renovation of Community Hall at Jharkot, Muktinath, Water Supply Project at Muknith, and River Protection Work at Kagbeni. One more project i.e. Monastic Building for Pal Ewam Namgyal Monastic School, Chhonhup is being constructed with GOI assistance of NRs. 3.73. Apart from this 5 ambulances have been donated to various organizations in Mustang District.
4. The India-Nepal Economic programme has an outlay of over NRs. 76 billion with more than 554 large and small development projects completed or currently being implemented all across Nepal in cooperation with the Government of Nepal. These development projects mainly focused in education, health and infrastructure development sectors recognizing and responding to local needs to help the Government of Nepal achieving all inclusive socio-economic developments.