India Nepal inaugurate new check post, Jogbani-Biratnagar at the border
On January 21, 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepalese PM Oli inaugurated an integrated check post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar. This is the second check post that is being built at the border with Indian Assistance.
The aim of the new integrated check post is to facilitate trade and movement of people across the border. The check post was built under assistance of India. India helped in the construction based on its “Neighbourhood First Policy”. The check post was built over 260 acres with Indian assistance of Rs 140 crores.
The first integrated check post of the countries was built at Raxaul-Birgunj in 2018.
The check posts ensure better border management for the movement of passenger and cargo. They will also help to boost 7 billion USD trade between the countries.
What is Integrated Check Post?
Integrated Check Posts are trade facilitation centres at borders of India. The centres help boost bilateral trade and also help to improve movement of passengers in the border. This helps to generate employment, developing the area surrounding the check post. Ultimately, it helps in overall growth of the economy.
There are 7 Integrated Check Posts in India. The GoI is planning to construct 14 more ICP and 13 Land Customs Stations. The India-Pakistan ICP is located in the states of Punjab and Rajasthan. The following are the other ICPs in the border located at the corresponding states
- India-Nepal-Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.
- India-Myanmar-àManipur and Mizoram
- India-Bhutan-àWest Bengal
- India-Bangladesh-àAssam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and West Bengal.