Phulbari-Banglabandha Immigration Checkpost opens

The Phulbari-Banglabandhu Immigration Checkpost was opened on Thursday to make it the movement between Bangladesh and India easier.

This is the 28th land-port which has been opened along the 4,100 kms border between India and Bangladesh. The checkpost will connect the people from Rangpur and Dinajpur districts of Bangladesh and Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Dinajpur districts of West Bengal and Sikkim and Assam.

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Indian High Commissioner Harsh Shringla greeting Gen. VK Singh at the checkpost

The immigration checkpost will also act as a gateway to the Nort-East of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Another aspect of opening the post was to promote tourism between the two countries. It will contribute to the progress of and development of North Bengal and Northern Bangladesh.

Present at the occasion were Gen VK Singh India’s state minister for external affairs, Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla among others.

Singh said that the Bangladeshis should explore “the unexplored treasure of great natural beauty and business opportunities” in the north-eastern region of India.

The checkpost is part of several measures being taken by the governments of India and Bangladesh to increase people-to-people contact and facilitate movement of goods between the two countries.

The inauguration of the Immigration Check Post at Phulbari fulfills a long pending demand of the people of the region.

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