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AuthorChakra Infrastructure Consultants. (Bangalore, India)
TitleReview of Progress in the Developments of Transit Transport Systems in the India, Nepal and Bhutan Subregion
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 2001
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Descript 27 p. : maps, tables


This study reviews progress in the development of transit systems in the India, Nepal and Bhutan subregion. Transit in the subregion is based on bilateral agreements. India is the principal trading partner of both Nepal and Bhutan, importing 30 per cent of Nepal's external trade and 95 per cent of Bhutan's external trade. Calcutta and Haldia ports handle Nepal's external trade, some 160,000 tons and Bhutan's trade, 6,000 tons. Transit traffic, moves largely by road (70 per cent). For Nepal, the most important development in recent years has been the development of a dry port at Birganj. Direct rail connection to Calcutta port promise to divert some of the road transit traffic to rail thereby reducing overall transport costs. In the case of Bhutan, a UNDP-funded study for dry port was completed in 1999. However, unusually heavy flood in 2000 affected the site which is located at Phuentsholing. Assistance is needed for rehabilitation of the site. [English only]

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