BIRGUNJ, April 7: The Integrated Check Post (ICP) based in Alau of Parsa district has officially come into operation from today after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the check post.
Consulate General of India in Birgunj, BC Pradhan unveiled the stone inscription at ICP following the inauguration of the check post in New Delhi.
With the check post coming into operation, some 80 vehicles including a petrol tanker (Na 6 Kha 6939) laden with petro products entered Nepal via ICP while three vehicles including a loaded truck (NL 01 H 8385) went India through the post.
The ICP, which was constructed with the Indian assistance amounting to Rs 2.0 billion, is spread over 115 bighas land at Ala and Sirsiya. It has five big godowns, two sheds, office operation building, customs office building, employees' quarter, medical service building, canteen, building for banks and financial institutions, security post, wall and blacktopped road. The Birgunj customs office will be shifted to the ICP.
It is expected to ease import and export of goods, reduce traffic congestions, revenue leakage and smuggling and thefts of goods along the check posts.
The ICP was constructed as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between Nepal and India to help Nepal's bid to promote international trade. As half of Nepal's international trade is undertaken through Birgunj-Raksaul route the new structure is also expected to contribute to boost foreign trade of the country.