Swanky Integrated Check Post along border with Nepal
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 18:05
  
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 Myanmar.

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.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 18:05


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