KATHMANDU April 7:
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated the Birgunj Integrated Check Post (ICP) and laid a foundation stone on Amlekhgunj-Motihari petroleum pipeline through video conference from Hyderabad House, New Delhi.
The ICP will provide ‘one-window service’ wherein a plethora of services like immigration, customs, quarantine, and banks as well as security check posts are available at the same place. Unlike the existing modus operandi at the Birgunj customs point, importers and exporters can complete paper works and clear fees before containers arrive at the check post.
“Birgunj customs point handles 60-65 percent of total trade between Nepal and India. Yet, we are doing a trade via a route that is at least a century old,” he said, adding: “The Birgunj ICP is equipped with some of the most advanced technologies and is unlike any that the country has. And this will greatly help in supporting and systematizing the bilateral trade.”
The ICP in the Nepali side is spread over 15 bighas of land in Alau of Parsa district. It was built with an investment of Rs 5 billion. The Indian side of the ICP was completed a year ago itself. It is spread over 110 bighas of land.
As part of his first international visit, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli left for New Delhi on Friday on a three-day official visit to India. -Agency