Stories By 'SHANKAR ACHARYA'
The integrated check post (ICP) in Birgunj is handling 70 percent of the commerce that used to pass through the customs point since it opened four months ago.
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The Thute stream bridge in Thori Rural Municipality of Parsa has not come into operation due to the obstruction of Indian nationals in the construction of its approach road.
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The first consignment of Nepal-bound fertilisers, which was stuck at the Vishakhapatnam Port, in India, for quite some time, due to an unavailability of railway rakes, finally arrived at the Dry Port in Sirsiya, in Birgunj, on Sunday.
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The import of different varieties of alcohol from Sirsiya dry port has declined in the last fiscal year 2017-18. However, the import of wine and other raw materials for production purposes have increased.
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The Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Birgunj has had to be expanded barely four months after opening as it turned out to be too small for the volume of commerce passing through it. The Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board, which operates the ICP, has allocated a budget of Rs250 million for expansion works for this fiscal year.
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With Birgunj drawing headlines for political reasons as a city at the heart of the Madhesi protests and the 2015 Indian blockade, its rich literary tradition has taken a backseat, according to author Girish Giri who penned the 2016 book Birgunj: Mero Sahar ko Katha.
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