July 22, 2021 | Investopaper
Construction work of Chobhar Dry Port in Kathmandu has been completed. The contractor company Sansi-Ashish JV has completed the construction of the dry port at Ashad end and has asked for the transfer. Due to the obstruction of the locals, the impact of Covid-19 and the delay of the contractor, the work of the dry port has been completed 1.5 years later than the scheduled time.
With the delay in construction, the cost of the project has increased by about 12 percent and has reached Rs 1.60 Billion. Despite the completion of construction, it will take another three months to come into operation.
The foundation stone of the project in Chobhar, constructed with the assistance of the World Bank, was laid on Magh 3, 2075 BS. An agreement was reached between the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Committee and the contractor company Sansi-Ashish JV to complete the construction of the Dry Port within 18 months.
However, the work could not start for the first six months due to obstructions from locals. The project was extended by seven months after the work did not start. As per the first extension, the construction of the dry port was to be completed by September 2020. However, due to the Corona epidemic, the construction work could not move ahead and the project was extended again until April, 2021. After that, the project received third extension until Mid-July during which the work of the dry port was completed.
The dry port, built on the land of the former Himal Cement Company at Chobhar, is spread over an area of 260 ropanis. The port has three load-unload buildings, three warehouses, three administrative buildings, container yard, truck parking and other parking facilities. The container yard of the port can hold 464 containers. Similarly, it can accommodate 360 trucks. The port will be connected to the Kathmandu-Madhesh fast track, the existing Kathmandu-ring road and the outer ring road to be constructed.