Nepali, Indian PMs jointly inaugurate integrated check post at Biratnagar- Jogbani border point
January 21, 2020 12:16 PM NPT
KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the second integrated check post (ICP) at Biratnagar- Jogbani border point along Nepal-India border, on Tuesday.
Oli and Modi inaugurated the ICP through video conference.
This is the country's second integrated check post (ICP). The Indian side handed over the key trade infrastructure to Nepali authorities amid a function held in Biratnagar.
The ICP, which is a shared structure at the bordering point of two countries, is considered an important facility for trade logistics. It offers a common platform for traders to get customs clearance for the traded goods from one place. Apart from this, the ICP also offers services like immigration, banking, quarantine, warehouse, litigation, and parking yard under single roof, facilitating both importers and exporters.
According to the board, the newly-built ICP consists of eight buildings incorporating administrative works, dispensary, customs clearance system and security system, among others. In addition, the infrastructure also features four inspection towers, two warehouses, two import-export processing area and two weighing machines that can measure loads of up to 80 tons.
The ICP in Biratnagar-Jogbani is the second ICP along the Nepal-India border. It is an Indian grant project constructed with an estimated budget of Rs 1.82 billion. Nepal's first ICP at Birgunj-Raxaul border is in operation since April 7, 2018.