Indian embassy’s claim about East-West Highway wrong
South Asia Check / August 15, 2017
In an advertisement published by the Indian Embassy, Kathmandu on page 2 of Gorkhapatra daily on August 15, it has been claimed that 807 kilometers section of the East-West Highway was constructed through Indian assistance. The same claim has been made on page 3 of a special supplement titled “70 years of India’s Independence” in The Himalayan Times of August 15.
South Asia Check has examined whether the claim is fact-based or not. We checked the website of the Department of Roads, which states that only 698.6 kilometers section of the highway was constructed through Indian assistance.
Here is a list of the sections of the highway constructed with Indian assistance.
According to the Department of Roads, 109-km section of the East-West Highway was constructed through assistance from the USSR, 106-km Pathlaiya-Hetauda and Hetauda-Narayanghat sections through assistance from the USA, and the 114-km Narayanghat-Butwal section was constructed through assistance from the United Kingdom.
Therefore, Indian Embassy’s claim is wrong.
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