The dry port at Chobhar, Kathmandu, is about to open for business. According to the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board, the government-built dry port’s essential infrastructure was complete.
The government established the port, which can hold roughly 500 containers, to help traders and traders in the Kathmandu Valley. The dry port, which cost approximately Rs 1.60 billion to construct, consists of three buildings and three godowns. It will be operational as soon as the dry port customs clearance department and containers were complete, according to Ashish Gajurel, the Committee’s Executive Director.
The dry port is projected to increase imports and facilitate exports, lower investment costs, and simplify trade in general once it is operational. The dry port, according to Gajurel, has three gates, each dedicated to import, export, and contingencies.
On January 17, 2019, former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli lay the foundation stone for the dry port. According to the Board, the dry port was scheduled to be completed in 18 months, however because to the COVID-19 epidemic, the construction process was unable to fulfil the timetable.
Meanwhile, the Board has been doing necessary research to establish the best way to operate the dry port. A committee has been constituted under the coordination of the joint-secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies to prepare the operating procedures for the Kathmandu Valley’s first-ever dry port.
The Board promises that once the dry port is operational, vehicles ferrying containers would not have to wait as long in Birgunj for customs clearance as they did in the past.