New Delhi: To facilitate easy movement of
people and goods between India and Nepal, a swanky Integrated
Check Post (ICP) will start functioning at Jogbani in Bihar
along the border by August next year.
Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran
today laid the foundation stone of the project that will come
up at a cost of Rs 82.49 crore on 190 acres of land.
The ICP would have varied facilities including
passenger terminal building, currency exchange, Internet
facility, cargo process building, cargo inspection sheds,
warehouse, cold storage, quarantine laboratory, clearing
agents, banks, scanners, CCTV/PA system, isolation bay,
parking, cafeteria, other public utilities.
The ICP, which is expected to be completed by August,
2011, will have least traffic conflicts, self-evident routes,
guide signage and administrative and facility area, besides a
modular design, dedicated lanes for each process and separate
gates for traffic across the border.
An ICP is under construction at Raxaul, Bihar, while
two more ICPs will be set up at Rupaidiha and Sunauli in Uttar
Pradesh along the 1,751 km-long Indo-Nepal border.
The setting up of ICPs along India`s international
border is a major initiative which the Centre has undertaken
as part of a scheme with an initial outlay of Rs 635 crore
during the 11th Five Year Plan.
The Jogbani ICP is the second in Bihar and the third
in the country after Attari (Punjab) and Raxaul (Bihar).
The Department of Border Management has finalised the
Detailed Project Reports for the 13 ICPs to be set up on the
borders between India and Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and
The ICPs are envisaged to overcome the infrastructural
bottlenecks at various entry and exit points on land borders
of the country.
They are expected to provide facilities for 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 persons, goods and transport.
A Bill has been introduced in Parliament for the
establishment of a Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI), which
has been envisaged as a statutory body for the planning,
construction, maintenance and management of these ICPs.
This body 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.