Works on ICD construction set to begin in ChobharThe government has begun work to construct an inland clearance depot (ICD) at Chobhar at the southwestern edge of the Kathmandu Valley.
More than 200 ropanis out of the total 1,000 ropanis of land will be used to build the ICD, the exhibition centre will occupy the rest.
Basnet said that the ICD would help reduce the cost of trading. According to him, third country imports arriving at Indian ports would be transported directly to the ICD.
“As per the agreement with the Indian government, port authorities will install additional locks on the containers which will be opened only after arrival at the final destination, the ICD at Chobhar,” he said.
The World Bank has provided $15.5 million to the Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board for the development of the ICD through its Nepal-India Regional Trade and Transport Project.
The World Bank had even warned the government that it could cancel the project due to the delays.
The factory was shut down after three decades due to mismanagement and environmental concerns.
The government decided to close down the factory following protests by locals over pollution.
A study also showed that 50 percent of the air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley was caused by the cement plant.