India looks to set up more Land Ports to boost international trade : Kiren Rijiju

Posted by Daily Shipping Times on 15-12-2017        Tweet

NEW DELHI: India is looking to set up a few more land ports, buoyed by the success of such integrated check posts in Agartala and other places, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.

"We are thinking of identifying a few more (land ports). Beyond that, we have border huts, Customs stations and there are many things," Rijiju said while addressing a function to commemorate 50 years of ASEAN and 25 years of India-ASEAN Partnership.

He talked about the success and brisk business being done at land ports in Agartala and elsewhere in India, saying it is not easy to set up a land port because you have to have an outlet.

Elaborating, he said, "These borders along the Eastern Coast and the North-East must be hugely explored... otherwise, people think they are far away from Delhi... The heart of the Country may be Delhi. But shape and size of the Country is defined by its border. The Country does not begin with the capital, but it begins from the border. So, borders are important."