Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday expressed satisfaction over the progress of ongoing Integrated Check Posts (ICP) projects at five border crossing points including Petrapole and Agartala on India-Bangladesh Border.
Terminals for smooth movement of goods and people at ICP Raxaul and ICP Jogbani on India-Nepal Border, ICP Petrapole and ICP Agartala on India-Bangladesh Border and ICP Attari on India–Pakistan Border have been made functional.
Officials in the Home Ministry told Singh that at each ICP, facilities have been constructed for customs clearance, Immigration, warehouses for storage of goods, approach roads and terminal buildings to adequately handle import and export of goods and entry and exit of people.
“Work on ICP Moreh on India-Myanmar Border and ICP Dawki on India-Bangladesh Border is in advanced stage of completion. The total approved expenditure for the seven ICPs is more than Rupees 700 crores,” officials said.
The Home Minister expressed satisfaction at the progress of work and directed the officials to complete the pending works at an early date. He also directed the officials to take up construction of additional 13 ICPs at Hili, Jaigaon, Ghojadanga, Mahadipur, Changrabandha, Fulbari, Rupaidiha, Kawrpuichhuah, Panitanki, Sutarkandi, Sunauli, Banbasa and Bhithamore and Passenger Terminal at Petrapole.
Some projects which have been pending due to issues related to acquisition of land have resumed following Rajnath Singh’s letters to Governments of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura and Bihar.
Projects under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) to improve road and mobile connectivity in the border villages as well as imparting skills to the people living there have also made good progress.