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Jan 20, 2020
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PM Modi, Nepali PM KP Sharma Oli to inaugurate ICP Biratnagar tomorrow morning

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart K P Sharma Oli will inaugurate Integrated Check Post (ICP) Biratnagar tomorrow morning. The two Prime Ministers will jointly inaugurate the prestigious project through video conferencing at 11 A.M. ICP Biratnagar has been built on 260 acres of land at a cost of around 140 crore rupees. It has the facilities for immigration clearance of foreign passengers, export and import cargo handling.
         
 ICP Biratnagar is equipped with all modern facilities like warehousing facilities including refrigerated cargo, electronic weighing bridges, 100% power backup, fire safety, dedicated communication network and 24x7 monitoring through CCTV and public announcement systems. It is designed to handle around 500 trucks per day. Adequate facilities for quarantine, amenities for drivers, passengers and security personnel have also been created, along with a wastewater treatment plant. A large scale landscaping and tree plantation has also been carried out to conserve and enhance the environment.

India and Nepal share over 1,850 kilometre- long border which is characterized by a unique and long tradition of free movement of people. Jobgani-Biratnagar international trade point is one of the important trade points between the two countries. Biratnagar is also the third-largest Revenue Collecting Customs Office of Nepal. India has traditionally been Nepal’s largest trading partner. Presently, over 65 percent of Nepal’s trade is with India and also over 65 percent of Nepal’s exports are to India.
         
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will also witness the progress of the Government of India supported the post-earthquake reconstruction housing project. India is providing financial assistance for the reconstruction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot districts of Nepal. Around 91 percent of houses have been reconstructed so far and Govt. of India has reimbursed 696.3 crore Nepali rupees from grant and 310.9 crore from Line of Credit (LoC) to Govt. of Nepal for the beneficiaries of Gorkha and Nuwakot districts. India had committed one billion US dollars (US$ 250 million as grant and US$ 750 million as Concessional LoC) for the post-earthquake reconstruction of Nepal during the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction (ICNR) held in Kathmandu on 25 June 2015.

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