Dodhara Chandani Dry Port Receives Environmental Permit

The proposed Dodhara Chandani dry port and checkpoint in far western Nepal has taken a step forward with the government’s approval of its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

The 15 billion rupee development is located in Dodhara Chandani township of Kanchanpur district and is listed as a national priority project by the government.

The construction site covers 250 bighas (189 hectares). On April 30, the cabinet approved the use of 63 hectares in Gaurishankar Municipal Forest, a buffer zone of Suklaphanta National Park, for the dry port.

According to the EIA, 15,057 trees have to be felled; According to deforestation guidelines, 10 compensatory trees must be planted for every tree felled in development projects. Project officials say 150,525 offset trees need to be planted.

“The dry port is being built with an Indian grant. A memorandum of understanding between the two neighbors will be signed shortly,” said Anish KC, civil engineer at the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board. “The talks are at an advanced stage,” he said.

Dodhara Chandani Dry Port will be the first commercial gateway to India from the extreme west of Nepal. The site is 245 km from India’s capital New Delhi and 1,200 km from the state of Gujarat.

The dry port will facilitate trade with other Indian states such as Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana. It will provide access to India’s largest seaport, Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai, facilitating Nepal’s foreign trade and reducing costs, officials said.

The Dodhara Chandani inland container depot will include administrative buildings, customs, banks, quarantine facilities, staff quarters, warehouses and parking lots.

“According to our master plan, the project will accommodate 3,000 20-foot trucks,” said KC. “But in the first phase, the facility will offer space for 300 trucks.”

The import warehouse will cover an area of ​​7,000 square meters and the export warehouse will cover an area of ​​2,520 square meters. There will be a railway warehouse with an area of ​​17,500 square meters and a container stockyard, a large open area for moving containers, of 10,000 square meters.

The transshipment center will be built in two phases and the estimated cost for the first phase is Rs 8 billion, according to the project. Dodhara Chandani Dry Port is being built on the border with India, which will establish a twin dry port on its side of the border at Banbasa.

“The first phase will be connected by road, while the second phase will be connected by rail,” KC said. “The completion period is three years from the start of construction.”

Work has already begun on a Rs.3.2 billion access road on the Indian side that will link Dodhara Chandani. The access road is being built by the Indian government.

A four-lane bridge has been built across the Mahakali River and work on an 8km access road on the Nepalese side – between Gadda Chauki and Malaria Nala at Dodhara Chandani-1 – has reached its final stage.

The dry port will contribute to industrial development in the western region by boosting Indo-Nepalese trade. According to Nepalese officials, transporting goods to Nepal via these routes will result in significant savings.

Most of Nepal’s commercial infrastructure is concentrated in the east of the country and connected to the port of Kolkata. The construction of a dry port in Sudurpashim province could facilitate access to other ports in India in the future.

The project is also expected to reduce the cost of transportation and the time it takes to import goods from India.

In March 2014, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply conducted a feasibility study for Dodhara Chandani Dry Port.

The World Bank conducted a feasibility study for a dry port at Kanjabhoj in Dodhara Chandani Municipality a decade ago, and the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board prepared another report in 2016.

The second phase of the project will cover 126 hectares. Additional warehouses and parking areas will be built in the second phase.

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