Stor­age fa­cil­i­ties for dusty cargo in Nepal

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The Min­istry of In­dus­try, Com­merce and Sup­plies in Nepal has be­gun work to ac­quire land to stream­line the trans­porta­tion of dusty cargo im­ported from In­dia in a bid to re­duce trade costs for im­porters. The gov­ern­ment plans to con­struct stor­age fa­cil­i­ties around the In­land Co­tainer De­pot in Bir­gunj to un­load dusty car­gos such as ce­ment clinker and fly ash. Cur­rently, there are no ar­range­ments to store dusty cargo, which is trans­ported in open wag­ons, at Bir­gunj In­land Con­tainer De­pot, the only gate­way with a rail link. The ab­sence of stor­age fa­cil­i­ties has forced ce­ment in­dus­tries to im­port the raw ma­te­rial by truck from the In­dian states of Jhark­hand and Odisha. This in­creases the im­port cost of raw ma­te­ri­als sig­nif­i­cantly, as per in­dus­tri­al­ists in the land­locked coun­try. Nepal is largely de­pen­dent on In­dian ports for mov­ing most of its ex­ports and im­ports to global mar­kets

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