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India plans to construct 7 integrated check posts on border with Bangladesh

  • Published at 01:16 pm October 18th, 2017
India plans to construct 7 integrated check posts on border with Bangladesh
The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs will move a cabinet note to construct seven integrated check posts (ICPs) along the border with Bangladesh to boost trade and business. A senior Home Ministry official confirming the matter said the proposal with an estimated cost of Rs5,000 crore is currently being reviewed by the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC). "Once the EFC gives the green signal, the proposal will be sent to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for final clearance," the official said. India has planned to construct 13 such check posts of which seven will be along the border. The project was envisaged in 2007. The ICPs planned along the border with Bangladesh are at Changrabandha, Hili, Mahadipur, Ghojadanga and Fulbari in West Bengal, Sutarkandi in Assam and Kawripuichhuah in Mizoram. Eventually, 19 ICPs are expected to come up along the border of which seven will be constructed in West Bengal, three in Assam, two in Meghalaya and seven in Tripura. The ICPs will provide facilities like passenger terminal building, currency exchange counter, internet hubs, cargo process building, cargo inspection sheds, warehouse, cold storage, quarantine laboratory, clearing agents, banks, vehicle scanners, isolation bay, parking and cafeteria. Two ICPs with Bangladesh border including Petrapole in West Bengal and Akhaura in Tripura are already functional. "ICPs help put in place a system to secure the country's borders against hostile elements. It also facilitates trade and commerce and boosts revenue," said the official. He said: "There are many vehicles waiting to cross over to Bangladesh or waiting to enter India that are stuck for over 20 days due to lack of clearance from customs or immigration authorities. "An ICP would help eliminate such unnecessary delay," said the official. A separate body — the Land Port Authority of India (LPAI) — was constituted in 2011 to boost trade via the land border points.