Indo-Pak officials meet at Attari22 December 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Attari: Infrastructure development issues to facilitate cross-border travel and trade between India and Pakistan was today discussed at a meeting held between the two countries on this side of the Wagah border. The Indian team was led by K K Mittal, Border Management Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs, and Amritsar Commissioner Customs Ranjit Singh, officials said. The 11-member Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign Affair Joint Secretary Rabina Akhtar. Issues relating to development of infrastructure, including construction of Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) at Wagah border for travel and trade facilitation between the two countries, were discussed in the meeting, the officials said. During the meeting, it was decided that the location of the second gate at the zero line as proposed by Pakistan shall be adhered to. It was also agreed upon that India would align the road passing through ICP on its side to meet the alignment of road passing through the second gate in Pakistan, they said. The ambitious ICP project at the Attari border, spread over 130 acres and built with a cost of ' 120 crore, would be operational by April next year, the officials said. According to data, on an average 200 trucks laden with Indian merchandise cross the Wagah border daily at present. With the completion of the ICP, the infrastructure will enable 10 times the number of trucks to pass conveniently.