China has committed itself to help in the construction of the proposed Kosi-Lhasa highway. While the news overwhelmed residents of Sankhuwasabha, it put pressure on the government which has not shown as much interest as it should. People from the eastern region have been raising funds with their 'Rs 1 per person' campaign. They are doing all they can to help with construction. It is estimated that the overall cost will be Rs 1.2 billion. The finance minister and vice chairman of the National Planning Commission have assured that money will be set aside. But since we can't take them on their word, it would be better if they released the funds immediately. The government must understand that if it were to provide Rs 500 million now, the work could start right away. This move would also oblige China to provide support as promised. The people of the eastern region are willing to contribute their share if more funds are needed to complete the work. The highway will not benefit just the eastern region but will also increase economic relations between China and India. China plans to extend its railway line to Lhasa. Nepal can benefit from this railway service also once the highway is built. The Chinese ambassador, Sun Heping also attended the program and is seen (above) being greeted on arrival at Tulmingtar on Saturday.