New milestones are to be added in the field of goods and passenger services between Bangladesh and India.
It is learned by The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in India that very soon land border services will be held 24 hours a day, seven days a week along the border between Petrapole of India and Benapole of Bangladesh. This will provide passenger and freight services between the citizens of the two countries.
According to sources, the initiative to launch this 24-hour service at the land port is mainly from the Government of India.
Ajit Kumar Singh Director of Operations, Land Port Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs, India, issued the guidelines on October 25. The guidelines have been sent to the concerned departments, including the Customs and Immigration Department, for speedy implementation. The new rules will be introduced on a trial basis for the next three months.
Only if this is successful can the Petrapole-Banapole border be kept permanently open for 24 hours.
However, this decision will be effective only on the Petrapole-Benapole border, not on any other Indo-Bangladesh border.
At present, the transportation of goods is open from 8 am to 10:30 pm. In addition, passengers can travel through this border from 6 am to 6 pm. No matter how much a passenger needed to cross the border outside of this time, they had to be stuck at the border because the immigration office was not open after the deadline.
This time, if the passenger service is launched for 24 hours, the convenience of crossing the border by land as well as by air will increase between the citizens of the two countries.
It is learned that a meeting of the Border Management Committee under the Home Ministry was held on August 31 in Delhi. Only then was this decision made.
Petrapole-Benapole is one of the busiest land ports in Asia. However, 24-hour goods service with integrated checkposts was on, but in the event of a lockdown in Corona, passenger transport as well as cargo was suspended for several days. Freight transport has resumed after the situation returned to normal.
This time, it is time to wait for the start of all-time passenger travel between the two countries. As a result, people traveling between the two countries will benefit from various needs.