In an announcement on Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs talked about the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal on 11-12 May, 2018. “Indian and Nepalese sides are working on various aspects of Modi’s visit”, said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. “This visit of the Prime Minister to Nepal will be taking place on May 11 and 12. Apart from Kathmandu, the possibility of a visit to Janakpur and Muktinath is being explored,” he told media.
In the meanwhile, Mustang, Nepal’s famous tourist destination site is gearing up for Narendra Modi’s visit to Muktinath, a famous Hindu pilgrimage site, on 11th of May.
Speaking about the arrangements, Chief District Officer, Sishir Poudel said, “security has been heightened throughout the district with the Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, the Nepal Army and the National Investigation Department conducting security surveillance.”
A committee has been formed under the coordination of Chhemchok Chhetan Gurung, chairman of Bhragaon Muktishetra Rural Municipality, to welcome the Indian Prime Minister.
The 76 km Beni-Jomsom road which is usually closed for 8 hours daily due to repair and maintenance, has been opened for three days as part of the arrangements beign made for Prime Minister Modi’s visit on May 11th . Emergency medical services have also been arranged.
A group of dignitaries from India, including officials of the Indian Army arrived in Mustang on 4th May to inspect the security arrangements made for the Indian Prime Minister’s visit.
Narendra Modi will be travelling from Janakpur to Mustang in a Helicopter. CDO Poudel has mentioned “There are 2 helipads near Muktinath and a third one is being constructed.”
“Modi’s visit to Muktinath is expected to further strengthen the Nepal-India relations at the people to people level and promote religious tourism”, said Chandra Bahadur Thakali, a civil society leader.
Earlier, last month, Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli had visited India to strengthen ties and target next-level development.