(TibetanReview.net, Jan 13) – A Chinese team was in Nepal to carry out feasibility study for constructing a dry port at Larcha near Tatopani customs office near Tibet’s border, reported Zee News Online (India), Jan 12, citing Nepal’s Kantipur daily. Around 27.5 million sq ft of land was being allocated for the Rs 1 billion (USD 12.5 million) project, which was to be built by and with assistance from China, the report cited Sharad Rana, Executive Director of Nepal Inter-modal Transport Development Committee, as saying.
Tatopani is Nepal’s busiest check point in trade links with and through Tibet. The port will have parking capacity to accommodate 200 trucks and a large go-down to place goods after customs clearance, among other facilities. Nepal’s Finance Minister and senior Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai has urged Chinese people to invest in Nepal for the economic transformation of the Himalayan republic.
Nepal already has a dry port in Birgunj, a southern Nepal town, which was built with the assistance from India.