Construction of integrated check post in limbo for years

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, BANKE
A Steering Committee has been formed to solve the problems in the construction of the Nepalgunj ICP

Dec 19, 2018-The construction of the proposed integrated check post (ICP) at Nepalgunj in Banke district, the major trade point in western Tarai, has been in limbo for years.

The construction site based in Jayaspur of Nepalgunj Submetropolis-16 has turned into a pasture land as the project is yet to be implemented in full-swing.

The existing structures on the project site have already started to crumble due to a lack of maintenance.

The Ministry of Urban Development has been assigned the responsibility of dealing with the land acquisition and the construction of outer infrastructures. The ministry has acquired around 90 bighas of land in the fiscal year 2065/66 BS for the construction of ICP. The Nepal government has also been allocating budget for the construction of security barracks, fencing and gravelling of road among others.

However, the Indian side, which was allocated the task of building large infrastructures, has yet to start its works.

It seems the project in not in the priority list of the Indian authorities, said Office Engineer Homnath Bhusal.

The Indian government has been constructing the ICPs in various phases in all the major checkpoints with Nepal.

However, the stakeholders in Nepalgunj are concerned that the construction of the ICP has not progressed much in the last ten years.

Nepalgunj Chamber of Commerce President Nandalal Baishya said the local entrepreneurs and business people have been facing various problems due to the lack of an ICP.

“It is a pity that the construction of ICP has been stagnant for a decade. The government should take this issue into serious consideration,” Baishya said.

A Steering Committee has been formed to resolve the problems in the construction and operation of the Nepalgunj ICP.

The ICP is expected to facilitate the export and import of goods. In the absence of ICP, big containers and vehicles carrying goods are parked alongside the roads, further causing inconvenience to the service providers and the Indian security.

Customs checking of both the countries would be carried out at the same place after the construction of ICP. There would be different offices including Livestock Quarantine, Immigration, Bank counter, Food Technology, Plant Quarantine along with Customs Office at the dry port premises.

Published: 19-12-2018 07:26

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