Thursday, April 15

Nepal trade via water on the way

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The government is amending a clause of the 1991 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Trade and Transit to explore water routes for better connectivity between the two countries, an official said on Friday.

“The clause in the treaty, that only allows movement by road and rail from India to Nepal, is being amended,” Inland Waterways Authority of India ((IWAI) chairman Pravir Pandey said. “The amended clause has been drafted. It will soon see the light of day.”

“In April, a delegation from customs, the minis-try of commerce and MEA visited Nepal. Three water routes have been accepted by both countries,” he said on the sidelines of the Inland Waterways Su-mmit organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce.

The routes are Kolkata-Sahebganj waterway and then to Nepal’s Biratnagar by road; Kolkata-Kalughat near Patna by waterway and then to Birgunj; and Kolkata-Varanasi (waterway) and then to Nepalganj or Mahendra Nagar.

 

Source: Times of India

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