Rijiju lays foundation stone of Integrated Check Post in Meghalaya

| Updated: Jan 25, 2017 11:30 IST

Meghalaya (Shillong) [India], Jan. 25 (ANI): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has laid the foundation stone of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Dawki, West Jaintia Hills District, Meghalaya in the presence of Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Vincent H. Pala, Meghalaya Home Minister H. D. R. Lyngdoh and other dignitaries. The ICP is being developed by the Land Ports Authority of India and would be spread over an area of 22 acres. The ICP will provide world class facilities for bilateral trade as well as for movement of passengers across the border and will generate employment opportunities and provide a major fillip to the economy of the State and the region. The work is scheduled to be completed by August, 2018. Addressing the gathering, Rijiju stressed on the need for opening up of the borders for trade and commerce in order to bring in prosperity and economic development in the region. "Although the North-Eastern region is geographically isolated from the rest of India, it shares more than 95 percent of its borders with other neighbouring countries and we should leverage this position to our advantage by maintaining a cordial relationship with our neighbours and fostering bilateral economic ties with them, he added. Others who spoke on the occasion were Vincent H. Pala, High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, H. V. Shringla, H. D. R. Lyngdoh and senior officials from the Land Ports Authority of India. (ANI)