Chinese company back in Himachal

The Chinese firm Longjian Road and Bridge Company Ltd will resume work on two road projects in Himachal Pradesh. The World Bank funded Theog – Hatkoti and Mehatpur – Una road projects is being executed by the company. The work will resume nearly two months after the employees of the firm had to go back to China after their visas were revoked.

The Chinese were forced to return to their country after the government’s new visa policy came into effect in August. Under the policy, foreign nationals are not allowed to work in the country on business visas. Company’s director Liu Shujan met Gulab Singh Thakur, Himachal PWD ministed on Friday and assured him 11 Chinese experts working on two World Bank-funded road projects in Himachal are likely to return from China and resume work within a week. Of the first team of 11 experts, seven would look after the Theog project and the rest will be deployed for the Una project.

The contracts for two roads worth Rs.354 crore were given in June 2008 and were to be completed by November 2010.

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