New Delhi: A Bill to establish a Land Port Authority of India was introduced in Lok Sabha on Thursday to enable coordination among various agencies and service providers to facilitate cross-border movement of goods and passenger traffic while also addressing the security concerns.
The proposed authority would undertake construction, management and maintenance of integrated check-posts on land borders, regulate the functions of various agencies and coordinate with several concerned ministries and departments.
The Land Ports Authority of India Bill, 2008, introduced by Minister of State for Home Shakeel Ahmed, would regulate the entry and exit of passengers and goods and establish necessary service facilities, the statement of objects and reasons of the legislation said.
The need for such an authority was felt in order to address the security concerns of the country. “It is important to put in place systems, which address security imperatives while also facilitating trade and commerce,” it said.
Maintaining that the existing infrastructure available with Customs, Immigration and other agencies was “generally not sufficient”, the statement said “there is no single agency responsible for coordinated functioning of various government authorities and service providers.”
The Bill proposed to establish Integrated Check Posts on the international land borders of the country through a plan scheme.
These check-posts will be sanitised zones with dedicated passenger and cargo terminals and facilities like waiting areas, restaurants, banks, rest rooms, container yards and warehouses.