April 1: More than 400 industries have remained closed in Sunsari-Morang industrial corridor due to the extension of the nation-wide lockdown. Likewise, the lockdown has also rendered over 35,000 workers jobless in the region.
However, 50 industries producing medicines, food and oxygen in the region are still in operation. Sunsari-Morang industrial corridor is the oldest industrial corridor of Nepal.
The industries in the region have been producing goods worth Rs 500 million a year regularly.
Besides affecting the production, the lockdown has also reduced import and export. This has made a direct impact on revenue collection at Biratnagar Customs Office. The collection of revenue from the customs point has declined to Rs 15 million per day from Rs 150 million since the lockdown began.