Govt to introduce bill in Parliament for AAI-like body

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 22:19

New Delhi: The Government will bring
amendment to a bill in Parliament for setting up a statutory
body for the planning, construction, maintenance and
management of Integrated Check Posts along international
borders.

The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) will be
vested with powers on the lines of similar bodies like the
Airports Authority of India. Till the LPAI comes into
existence, an Empowered Steering Committee has been
constituted under the Secretary (Border Management) to
undertake the functions that will be ultimately discharged by
the LPAI.

The Union Cabinet today cleared the amendment to the
Land Ports Authority of India Bill in the Parliament.

"When the Bill will be passed by the House, the LPAI
will become a statutory body for the planning, construction,
maintenance and management of the ICPs," a Home Ministry
official said.

The Bill was earlier introduced in the Parliament but
due to certain objections it was referred to the Parliamentary
Standing Committee, which gave some suggestions.

The Home Ministry after making the necessary changes
sent it for Cabinet clearance.

The ICPs are expected to provide facilities for the
effective and efficient discharge of sovereign functions such
as security, immigration, customs and quarantine, while also
providing support facilities for smooth cross-border movement
of people, goods and transport.

The ICPs are envisaged to overcome the infrastructural
bottlenecks at the various entry and exit points on the land
borders of the country.

An ICP has already been inaugurated in Attari (Punjab)
--along the Indo-Pakistan borders while one more will be
inaugurated at Raxaul (Bihar) along Indo-Nepal borders by Home
Minister P Chidambaram tomorrow.

Some more ICPs will be set up at Petrapole, Hili,
Chandrabangha (all in West Bengal), Moreh (Manipur), Dawki
(Meghalaya), Akhaura (Tripura), Jogbani (Bihar), Sutarkhandi
(Assam), Kawarpuchiah (Mizoram), Sunauli and Rupaidiha (both
Uttar Pradesh).

-PTI



First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 22:19

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