Chobhar dry port nears operation seven months after completion of physical construction

Port will have 29 staffers led by an under secretary

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KATHMANDU, Jan 21: With the government approving the organizational structure and number of staffers, Chorbhar dry port, which witnessed the completion of physical construction some seven months ago, is likely to come into operation. 

A meeting of the Council of Ministers held on January 14  approved the organizational structure and employees’ number to be stationed at the customs office on the dry port premises. 

With the Cabinet's approval, the dry port’s customs office will be a total of 29 staff led by a customs officer equivalent to the undersecretary position. 

According to Madhu Kumar Marasini, secretary at the Ministry of Finance, the Department of Customs will establish the customs office at the dry port after completing all the physical and technical preparatory tasks. 

He also added that the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supply has been entrusted to operate and manage the dry port. “Once the ministry [Industry, Commerce and Supply] approaches with final preparation, the Finance Ministry approves financial provisions,” he said. 

The dry port built in an area of 220 ropanis of land in Chobhar at the south-western edge of the Kathmandu Valley reported completion of physical works in July last year at the cost of Rs 150 billion.

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