India opens access road for dry port up to Nepal border

India has opened the track of access road for the dry port up to Dodhara Chandani Municipality-1 of Kanchanpur, to boost trade and transport services between India and Nepal.

The four-Lane track which has opened by the India for dry port in Dodhara Chandani, has a length of arounf four kilometres and establishes connectivity between Chakarpur of Chambawat district of Uttarakhand, India and Nepali territory Gadigoth.

Mayor of Dodhara Chadani Municipality Kishor Limbu shared the Indian side has opened a track of access road up to Nepal-India border from national highway based in bordering Chakkarpur market. The Indian side has opened access road track after cleaning up forest in its territory, he informed.

The contract amounting to two billion rupees was awarded six months ago for the construction of an access road, with the condition that the access road should be completed in one-and-a-half years of the signing.

Now that the track is open, the next task is the blacktopping of the access road.

Preparation is underway to establish a dry port in Dodhara Chandani municipality-1. The dry port construction which has been in publicity for the past two decades has been observed by the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on February 13.

PM Dahal on his visit to the site, also expressed his commitment to pen down a memorandum of understanding with India to complete the dry port construction in three years.

India has agreed to build all structure from dry port to check post, said Executive Director at Inter Model Transport Development Committee, Ashish Gajurel.

Further he informed that an understanding was already reached to develop the structures on behalf of India. The task of EIA is in the final stage’. Groundwork is being made to sign AoU of the dry port in course of upcoming India visit of PM Dahal. 

The project will be constructed with around 280 bigha land of Mayapuri and Gaurishanker community forests. Under the project a four-lane cemented bridge has been constructed over the Mahakali River for the dry port. Likewise, the construction of an eight-kilometer-long access road from Gaddachauki to Dodhara Chandani-1, Malayria Nala.

The construction of a dry port in Dodhara Chandani will directly connect Sudurpaschim with India for trade, facilitate easy access to Indian capital New Delhi and industrial city, Rudrapur, and create job opportunity for local people & reduce risk of wild animals being strayed into the villages from Indian forests.  

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