Banepa as a satellite

Banepa, an old market town of 15,000, situated along a long and narrow vale just outside the eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, is ideally located to serve as a satellite to metropolitan Kathmandu. It is already a trade and transportation hub to be reckoned with, and could help absorb the unchecked expansion that is presently underway in the Kathmandu towns.

Under its resident traders, Banepa has developed as the most dynamic township on the Amiko Highway, linking Kathmandu with Lhasa through the border post ofKodari. Today, Banepa serves as a staging point for the hills east of Kathmandu, in particular the districts of Kavre Palanchok, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Ramechap. The opening of the Lamosangu-Jiri road in 1984 enhanced the town´s reach, and there was a spurt of investment in buses and mini-buses by the business community here.

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