In a significant development aimed at bolstering trade and connectivity with Nepal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has announced plans to establish 10 Land Customs Stations (LCS) in Bihar along the Indo-Nepal border.
The Central government’s strategic move seeks to enhance bilateral trade, facilitate smoother cross-border movements, and foster stronger ties between India and Nepal. The proposed LCSs will offer transit, customs, immigration, and cargo handling services, streamlining the flow of goods and passengers between the two nations.
The 10 Land Customs Stations are slated to be set up at key locations, including Galgalia in Kishanganj district, Bairgania in Sitamarhi, Bhimnagar, and Kunauli in Supaul, Jainagar in Madhubani, Valmiki Nagar in West Champaran, among others. These stations are poised to serve as pivotal gateways for trade and cultural exchanges.
Benefits of the Establishment of LCSs in Bihar:
- Increased Trade and Investment: The LCSs will facilitate more straightforward trade and investment between India and Nepal. This move is expected to stimulate economic growth and generate employment opportunities in both nations.
- Improved People-to-People Connectivity: By simplifying travel procedures, the LCSs will promote ease of movement for individuals traveling between India and Nepal. This development is anticipated to enhance cultural exchanges and strengthen people-to-people connectivity.
- Reduced Smuggling and Illegal Trade: The establishment of LCSs will play a pivotal role in curbing smuggling and illegal trade activities along the border. This will, in turn, bolster border security and national security.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement underscores the government’s commitment to fostering stronger ties with Nepal and expanding trade relations. In addition to the establishment of LCSs, the Central government is actively working on various initiatives to enhance border infrastructure and facilitate bilateral trade, including the upgradation of Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) and the development of border roads and bridges.
This move is poised to usher in a new era of collaboration and economic prosperity between India and Nepal, reaffirming the importance of fostering healthy international relationships and facilitating trade and cultural exchange.