VISAKHAPATNAM: Nepal should set up a consulate, or at least a trade facilitation centre, here to give a boost to trade with India, according to Visakhapatnam Port Chairman MT Krishnababu, IAS.
He said Visakhapatnam had been notified as the second gateway port after Kolkata/Haldia for Nepal a year ago but the trade from here was still in a nascent stage.
Krishnababu said the Vizag Container Terminal is one of the best in the Country, with a deep draft, and it would offer great advantages to the Nepalese trade.
“Though geographically Kolkata/Haldia is nearer to Nepal, Vizag may work out cheaper, considering other factors and advantages here,” he said.
Krishnababu said the Container Corporation of India (Concor) had set up a logistics park here at a cost of Rs. 500 crore and Vizag also enjoyed excellent rail connectivity. He urged the Nepalese trade to make use of the facilities here.
Nepal’s Ambassador to India
Deep Kumar Upadhyaya said that for land-locked Nepal, India is the biggest trading partner and all efforts would be made to facilitate trade to Nepal from here. He said Vizag Port had excellent facilities for trade. “However, there are a few issues to be sorted out and both Nepal and India are striving earnestly to clear all hurdles,” he said.