identified three waterways in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to speed up movement of
cargo to Nepal from Kolkata Port ,Mr Pravir Pandey, Chairman of Inland Waterways
Authority of India said.
the Treaty recognizes only two modes of transport: road or rail
identified are Kolkata-Sahebganj by waterway and then to Nepal’s Biratnagar by
road; Kolkata-Kalughat near Patna by waterway and then to Birgunj by road; and
Kolkata-Varanasi by waterway and then to either Nepalganj or Mahendra Nagar by
the cargo that comes to Kolkata or Vizag has to go by road or rail to Nepal.
This is because the Trade Treaty between India and Nepal recognizes only these
two modes of transport. The clause is being amended to include Waterways to Nepal
Treaty to be amended to include Waterways also
Indo Nepal Treaty of Trade and Transit will be amended soon to include Waterways
as a mode of cargo transport as the treaty allows cargo movement through road
and railways between the two nations at present
than the three waterways, Nepal government has requested India to explore the
possibility of whether the Gandaki river could also be used as Waterway as the
river flows right up to the border of the two countries.
used to face serious problem in getting cargo cleared from Kolkata port, the
only port in the country authorized to handle transit cargo from Nepal. Because
of the bottlenecks faced in the transportation from the Kolkata Port system,
the ministry permitted Visakhapatnam port few years ago to handle transit cargo
from and to Nepal.
As China opens up to Nepal border
points India has to improve connectivity to Nepal
China opening up to Nepal border points, India is also stepping up connectivity
projects to Nepal so that cargo for the Himalayan country continued to be
routed through India.