China is taking the decision is allow access to four ports on its territory to surrounded by the land of Nepal to handle its cargo will not impact Visakhapatnam Port’s forecast to make a good business after it was announced as the second gateway port after Kolkata.
Officials and dockworkers feel that as China lacked road and customs infrastructure to ferry import cargo to Nepal the latest project by Nepal to cut down dependence on India will not generate the desired results.
Anyway the analysis over ifs and buts over Nepal’s move, many stakeholders say Nepal’s dependence on Kolkata and Kolkata and Visakhapatnam Ports to receive its imported cargo will continue. As per sources Nepal had already requested the Government of India to allow either Deendayal (Kandla) or Mundra in the West Coast as the third gateway port.
If Nepal takes a decision to source its imported cargo through China, the nearest port is located at a far-off place and the road distance from the nearest port to Nepal’s border is nearly 2,500 km.
Delay in migration due to congestion and labor problems at Kolkata led to convincing the Centre by Nepal to declare Visakhapatnam as the second gateway port for its cargo a few years back. After some problems
introduced the GPS-based electronic cargo tracking system with electronic locks to avoid tampering and diversion of containers being despatched from Visakhapatnam.
Visakha Container Terminal, dockworkers of Vishakapatnam port, will launch work at an estimated Rs. 900 cr. to expand its capacity. At the present time, it has the capacity to handle from 0.7 million 20-foot equivalent units and after expansion, it will increase by 0.54 million TEUs.