Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday practically inaugurated Uttar Pradesh’s first land port, also known as the Integrated Checkpoint, at Rupaidiha in the district of Bahraich in the presence of Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda. Shortly after the inauguration, a truck was sent to the Indian Land Port Authority of India from the Nepalese side, while a truck was sent to the Nepal International Transport Land Port of Nepal from the Indian side.
The checkpoint, which costs 200 crore rupees to set up, will further strengthen business ties between India and Nepal as trade volumes are expected to increase significantly and the number of trucks crossing this border daily is expected to increase from 200 to at least 300.
The port has a canteen and a sewage treatment plant
The Nepal Intermodal Transport Development Board will operate the port in Nepal, while the Land Ports Authority of India will manage it on the Indian side, said Land Port Authority of India manager Sandeep Gupta. The port has passenger and cargo terminals, quarantine blocks, warehouses, washrooms, canteen, sewage treatment plant and underground water tank.
A 2.2km feeder route will connect the port to the NH-927, which connects Barabanki to the Rupaidiha border. At the same time, the Bhumi Pujan of the land port to be built on the border of Sonauli in the Maharajganj district was also performed. Officials from both countries were present on this occasion. District Judge Monika Rani and Police Commissioner Prashant Verma from Bahraich District were present at the Rupaidiha border. Sashastra Seema Bal’s staff will guard the land port and surveillance cameras have been installed around it.