Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board on Sunday signed an agreement with Tibet Fuli Construction Group Company Limited, a Chinese company, to construct the inland container depot at Timure of Rasuwa district. The facility, which will be built with Chinese aid, is expected to cost 124 million Yuan. Harey Krishna Mishra, deputy director of the board and Yang Enlin, project manager of the Chinese company inked an agreement to effect. The project construction is expected to be completed in the next 30 months. The Chinese company appointed will construct the dry port on five hectares of land in Timure Rural Development Committee. The government has already obtained the land for the purpose. In the planned structure, a parking yard with capacity to park 350 trucks and containers will be constructed.
A five storey administrative building will be built in 5,000 sq meter of land additionally. The building will incorporate features like firefighting system, a quarantine office, a customs office, banks and post office. The dry port will house two customs clearance chambers built in an area of 2,080 sq m and a 750 sq metre parking yard, cargo warehouse and litigation warehouse.
The development of dry ports, an important component of intermodal transport, could play a major role in promoting intermodal transport. Once the dry port comes into operation; it is expected to ease bilateral trade via land route. It is also expected to reduce overhead costs, promote competitive transport services and open opportunities to private sector operators through their involvement in management and operation of the dry port. The importance of the Rasuwagadhi customs point as an alternative gateway to China was felt mainly when the Arniko Highway, linking the Chinese border further east, was cut off due to landslides and flooding of the Sunkoshi River in August 2014.