Eight containers have arrived in Kathmandu with medical supplies from China Thursday morning.
Nepal Army (NA) Spokesperson Bigyan Dev Pandey said that the total volume of the supplies is 275 cubic meters and weight almost eight tons. The NA has already brought eight tons of medical supplies by land from China while a wide-body plane brought 18.84 tons on Tuesday.
Twelve more containers have arrived at Tatopani border point.
The NA has already signed an agreement worth US$ 18,441,706 (around Rs 2.25 billion) with the Sinopharm Group, owned by the Chinese government, to procure 341 tons of medical supplies.
The government on April 1 had unilaterally revoked the contract with Omni Group, that had brought the first lot of medical materials from China three days earlier, citing the latter's inability to bring additional materials. Omni Group, with no previous experience in medical supplies, was given the contract without any bidding process in a process that lacked transparency.
It then decided to hand over the responsibility of bringing the materials to the Nepal Army through government to government arrangements.
Published Date: Thursday, Jestha 8, 2077, 10:53:00