India, Pak discuss border infrastructure issues

Last Updated: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 23:57

Attari: Infrastructure development
issues to facilitate cross-border travel and trade between
India and Pakistan was on Thursday discussed at a meeting held
between the two countries on this of the Wagah border.

The Indian team was led by KK Mittal, Border Management
Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs, and Amritsar
Commissioner Customs Ranjit Singh, officials said.

The 11-member Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign
Affair joint secretary Rabina Akhtar.

Issues relating to development of infrastructure,
including construction of Integrated Check Post (ICPs) at
Wagah border for travel and trade facilitation between the two
countries, were discussed in the meeting, the officials said.

During the meeting, it was decided that the location of
the second gate at the zero line as proposed by Pakistan shall
be adhered to. It was also agreed upon that India would align
the road passing through ICP on its side to meet the alignment
of road passing through the second gate in Pakistan, they

The ambitious ICP project at the Attari border, spread
over 130 acres and built with a cost of Rs 120 crore, would be
operational by April next year, the officials said.

According to data, on an average 200 trucks laden with
Indian merchandise cross the Wagah border daily at present.
With the completion of the ICP, the infrastructure will enable
10 times the number of trucks to pass conveniently.


First Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 23:57

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