Nepal-India joint team looking for ship terminal locations
By Bhauch Prasad Yadav
Kathmandu, Mar. 8:A joint Nepal-India team has started a meeting in Kathmandu to operate waterways in Nepal. Joint secretary of Energy Commission and Waterways Study Committee coordinator Madhav Belbase from Nepal’s side and vice-president of Inland Waterways Authority of India Prabir Pande led their teams in the meeting, which will last till tomorrow.
Earlier, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the joint team studied the feasibility of waterways in the Koshi and Gandaki rivers.
The teams also attempted to locate terminals to anchor ships in the rivers.
This is the first meeting of a joint Nepal-India team, which inspected the rivers for their potential use as waterways, after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the Shipping Office three weeks ago.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Energy, Water and Irrigation Prabin Raj Aryal said Nepal’s team included 17 representatives of different related ministries and India’s team had nine members.
The joint team focused on finding anchoring terminals in Hanumannagar area, within a kilometre south of Koshi Barrage, Aryal said, adding the team also studied the situation of water, sand and soil in both the rivers.
Likewise, the team started a feasibility study for operating waterways in the Narayani river in Nawalparasi. It focused on Tribeni confluence of the Gandak river to locate places to build the docking terminals.
Belbase said one possible anchorage site would be Spur No. 12 of Gandaki Barrage.
The water level of Narayani so far has shown that it could be suitable for waterways.
It is learnt that the team has found it technically feasible to run ships in the rivers of Nepal but it was yet to be ascertained whether building waterways would be economically viable. The joint meeting will also discuss the economic aspects of constructing the waterways.
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