Kathmandu, January 10
Nepal’s second integrated check post (ICP) in Biratnagar is set to start operation from Tuesday.
Following official handover of the ICP to Nepal by the Indian government, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are set to inaugurate the ICP by pressing a switch from their respective offices in Kathmandu and New Delhi.
As the infrastructure of the ICP in both Nepali and Indian sides have been completed, executive heads of the two nations are scheduled to inaugurate the project together on Tuesday, informed Nabaraj Dhakal, spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS).
The ICP in Biratnagar will offer an effective platform for traders for trade logistics.
It will be equipped with customs, immigration, quarantine, banks, warehouse, litigation shed and parking that are required for the clearance of goods and movement of people from a single location, thereby reducing trading cost for traders.
Indian contractor Dineshchandra R Agrawal Infracon Ltd constructed the ICP at almost Rs 2.1 billion.
The construction of the integrated check post in Biratnagar started in 2016 after the government handed over the necessary land to the Indian authority.
Spread over 129 bighas of land, the Biratnagar ICP also has