The Shipping Ministry has notified Visakhapatnam port as second gateway
port to Nepal after Kolkata port nearly a year ago but trade to the Himalayan
country from the port is still at a nascent stage, Chairman of Visakhapatnam
port Krishna babu said.
He was addressing a One day Workshop on Nepal India Trade organised by the
Nepal Embassy in New Delhi.
Nepal should set up a Consulate or a trade facilitation centre at
Visakhapatnam to give boost to the trade that country he said.
He said though Kolkata and Haldia may be geographically close to Nepal, the
cargo handling at Visakhapatnam port for Nepal may work out cheaper considering
other factors and advantages. The Visakhapatnam Container Terminal is one of
the best terminals in the country with a deep draft and would offer great
advantage to Nepalese trade.
Referring to the logistics facilities available near the port he said the
state owned Container Corporation of India has set up a logistics part at a
cost of Rs five hundred crores and vizag port enjoyed excellent rail
connectivity to entire eastern coast. He urged the Nepal trade to make use of
the facilities available at the port.
Mr Deep Kumar Upadhyaya conceded that the Vizag port offered good
facilities to the trade. There some issues he said which are coming in way he
said without specifiying them. We will soon cross these hurdles and strike for
better turn over from Vizag port he said.