Indian HC visits Petrapole-Benapole ICP as new constructions underway to ease movement

Published : 24 Feb 2023 01:34 AM

A second Passenger Terminal Building is under construction to cater to growing cross-border movement of passengers at the Petrapole-Benapole Integrated Check Post (ICP).

In addition, a second cargo terminal gate is going to be constructed with grant assistance of government of India, which is expected to double the crossings of vehicles per day.

High Commissioner Pranay Verma visited the Petrapole-Benapole ICP at the India-Bangladesh border on Thursday.

During the visit, he met with senior officials from both sides and discussed various issues related to border management, trade facilitation and infrastructure development, the High Commission said.

 The Petrapole-Benapole border is a crucial gateway for trade between India and Bangladesh, with over 70 percent of the land-based bilateral trade passing through this land port. The border has been operational round the clock since August 2017. 

Given the importance of Petrapole-Benapole ICP to the movement of passengers, a new Passenger Terminal Building with modern amenities was inaugurated in September 2021.

 High Commissioner Verma noted the importance of Petrapole-Benapole ICP and the efforts being made to enhance its capacity for facilitating movement of goods and passengers. 

He reaffirmed India's commitment to development partnership and cooperation with Bangladesh to scale up bilateral trade and investment, and promote people-to-people exchanges.  

He underlined sustained ongoing efforts on both sides to strengthen connectivity and trade infrastructure at our land ports and to gradually decongest and facilitate smoother movement of goods and people across the border.

 Bangladesh is India’s largest development partner in the world and the biggest trade partner in South Asia.

 In the last five years, bilateral trade has grown from USD 7 billion to around USD 18 billion. 

Bangladesh’s exports to India have crossed the USD 1 billion mark consecutively over the last three years, reaching nearly USD 2 billion in 2021-22. 

India, with its diverse market, has emerged as the top export destination for Bangladesh in Asia.

 "Our connectivity and trade infrastructure development projects with Bangladesh are based on our long-standing friendship and our shared conviction that progress and prosperity of our two countries and two peoples are interlinked," said the High Commission.