India gifted Nepal 40 ambulances and eight buses on the occasion of the Republic Day on Tuesday.
Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae presented 33 ambulances and six buses to hospitals, charitable organisations and educational institutions at a ceremony held in the embassy in Kathmandu.
The rest of the vehicles were handed over by the consulate at Birganj.
Since 1994, India has donated 542 ambulances and 106 buses to organsations across Nepal on the occasion of its Independence Day and Republic Day.
These vehicles have helped bring healthcare services to people in 73 of Nepal’s 75 districts. The buses have made access to education easier for thousands of students in 25 districts, officials said.
Notwithstanding the recent dip in relations due to a blockade at key border trade points, which Kathmandu has accused New Delhi of imposing, India has reaffirmed its commitment to support Nepal’s development efforts.