October 3, 2022, Monday

Feasibility Study Report of Dry Port at Korala Port Completed: Cost Estimated at Rs 1.5 billion

Feasibility study of dry port at Korala, Nepal-China trade port of Mustang has been completed. Ashish Gajurel, executive director of the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Committee, a trade infrastructure development body under the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, said that a feasibility study report has been prepared.

According to the report, it is proposed to complete the construction in two phases. The committee has stated that the first phase of infrastructure construction will be started from 2022 BS and will be completed by 2025 BS and the second phase expansion will be completed by 2049 BS.

According to the study report, the dry port of Korala will be spread over 471 Ropanis. The port will have customs pass and customs infrastructure, administration area, container yard, security base, parking, quarantine office and petrol pump.

The total cost of the port is estimated at Rs 1.59 billion. The dry port to be built at an altitude of 4,660 meters above sea level will have 26 inland infrastructures including customs administration.

There is a plan to extract the required water for the dry port through deep boring. There will also be linkages of railway and road tracks in the port. After the completion of the first phase of infrastructure, the port will have a daily capacity of 65 containers for five years.

The first phase is estimated to cost Rs 1.62 billion and the second phase is estimated to cost Rs 446.8 million. The committee said that despite discussions with the Chinese government to build infrastructure at the northern border point, it has not been completed.