Primary work of Dodhara-Chandani dry port begins

MAHENDRANAGAR (KANCHANPUR), JUNE 13: A team of technical experts has been mobilized at the Dodhara-Chandani dry port construction site to prepare an environmental management plan, to begin construction in the next fiscal year. The dry port will be constructed with financial and technical support from the Indian government.

Executive Director of the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Committee, Ashish Gajurel, said a technical team led by engineers has been deputed to Kanchanpur following a letter from the Ministry of Forest and Environment requesting the formulation of an environmental management plan.

"The team has collaborated with Shuklaphanta National Park after the Forest Ministry asked us to prepare an environmental management plan based on the EIA approved earlier," Gajurel shared. He noted that the dry port construction area would cover 25 hectares as per the detailed project report.

"We have to prepare an environmental management plan again, with a focus on reducing tree felling and land use," he said. He also informed that the construction of the dry port has been included in the policies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year.

A detailed project report has already been prepared for the Mayapuri and Gaurishankar buffer forest areas of Dodhara Chandani municipality. However, land acquisition for the dry port construction is yet to be endorsed by the cabinet meeting.

It is noteworthy that a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the construction of the dry port at Dodhara Chandani was signed during Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda's visit to India last year.