Nepal imported 51,680 automobiles through Birgunj customs and the Integrated Check Post (ICP) in the first two and a half months of the fiscal year, up from 50,856 automobiles during the same period last year.
Nepali famers that plan to utilise the Gandak Irrigation Canal during paddy plantation this season might face difficulties irrigating their fields as Indian officials have yet to complete maintenance works at the different sections of the canal that fall within the Indian territory.
The government is planning to make it mandatory for empty cargo vehicles returning to India via Birgunj to use the newly built integrated check post (ICP) in Birgunj. The Birgunj Customs Office made the decision in a bid to operate the country’s only ICP at a higher capacity.
The Inland Revenue Service (IRS) Birgunj Office has started recording statement from a member of a racket involved in importing duplicate excise stickers to paste on the caps of alcoholic beverage bottles.
The Birgunj-Pathlaiya road upgradation project has ground to a halt and is unlikely to meet the completion deadline. The contractor tasked with a 5.8km section that stretches from Simara to Jitpur has not carried out construction work for the last three months.