Stories By ' SHANKAR ACHARYA '
Two customs offices in Birgunj have lost a staggering amount of revenue due to a general strike since Tuesday.
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Physical infrastructure, including some expensive equipment, of now-liquidated Birgunj Sugar Mill and Agriculture Tool Factory are in disarray for want of proper care.
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The reopening of the Birgunj border point has set cash registers ringing at the customs office with Rs65.5 million in revenue collected in a single day on Sunday.
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Food imports through Sirsiya Dry Port in Birgunj have jumped sharply in the last three months. The Sirsiya Customs Office said that shipments of mustard, lentils, maize, soybean oil and wheat had more than doubled after border restrictions were relaxed. Nepal imports most of its food requirements from India.
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Sugarcane farmers, already hit hard by low prices, have been forced to pay different fees at half dozen places in Parsa and Bara while delivering their produce to Manharwa-based Reliance Sugar Mill.
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Nearly 700 empty cargo containers are piled up at Kolkata port as international shipping companies have refused to take them back because Nepali importers are yet to settle old detention charges.
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