Passenger terminal building inaugurated at India’s Petrapole border with Bangladesh
A new passenger terminal building was inaugurated at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) of Petrapole in India, opposite Bangladesh's Benapole land port, today.
It is a major step towards modernisation of border infrastructure and further strengthening India's connectivity with Bangladesh, said a press release issued by the Indian high commission in Bangladesh today.
The inauguration was held jointly by government officials of India and Bangladesh.
Shri Nityanand Rai, minister of state for home affairs and Shri Nisith Pramanik, minister of state for home affairs from the Indian side attended the inauguration while Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, state minister for shipping, Bangladesh, was the chief guest from the Bangladesh side.
Shri Vikram Doraiswami, high commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Aditya Mishra, chairman of Land Ports Authority of India and Md Alamgir, additional secretary and chairman of Bangladesh Land Port Authority were also present, the press release added.
The new passenger terminal will facilitate smooth and comfortable movement of passengers and is equipped with facilities such as immigration, customs and security under one roof, the release reads.
The terminal building is also equipped with 32 immigration counters, four customs counters and eight security counters, the release said.
As Bangladesh and India celebrate 50 momentous years of diplomatic partnership, all the esteemed dignitaries reaffirmed the importance of strengthening the bilateral relationship and putting in place requisite modern infrastructure facilitating greater people-to-people connectivity.
During the inaugural ceremony, the chief guests also laid the foundation stone of a common second cargo gate along the border.