Source: News Bharati English21 Jul 2016 16:40:12
New Delhi, July 21: To foster greater economic integration and connectivity between India and Bangladesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina jointly dedicated the biggest land port in South Asia–Petrapole Integrated Check Post through video-conferencing on Thursday afternoon. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee also joined the video-conference from Kolkata.
PM Modi during the video-conferencing extended his deepest condolences on the recent attacks in Bangladesh and assured India's support to its neighbouring nations. He also thanked Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee for joining the programme & appreciated her role in improving India-Bangladesh ties. "You are not alone in your fight against terror. India will always fully support you in all your efforts to fight this menace", PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister also said that Indian progress is linked to the progress of its neighbouring nations and the inauguration of the ICP will benefit both nations. "This land port will unleash economic potential of the region & facilitate the movement of passengers & cargo", he further added.
The Petrapole-Benapole is an important land border crossing for India-Bangladesh trade. More than 50% of the India-Bangladesh trade passes through Petrapole. Trade worth more than Rs. 15000 Crore takes place through the Petrapole ICP, which is more than all the other Indian Land Ports and Land Customs Stations put together. Approximately 15 lakh people and 150,000 trucks cross Petrapole-Benapole every year.
The Petrapole ICP will provide better facilities for effective and efficient discharge of functions such as security, immigration, customs, quarantine, etc. while also providing support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of persons, goods and transport. Petrapole ICP is the second ICP on the India-Bangladesh border after the Agartala ICP at the Agartala (India)-Akhaura (Bangladesh) land border. It will also be the biggest land port in South Asia.