The construction work for an Integrated Check Post (ICP) has begun at Sonauli in Maharajganj district of Indian State of Uttar Pradhesh, local officials said.
The ICP is expected to serve as a land port for the smooth movement of cargo and passenger vehicles along the Indo-Nepal border.
It took 18 years for the Indian government to begin the construction work for the ICP after it first approved the project in 2004.
According to Indian media reports, the onstruction of boundary wall for the first ICP in Uttar Pradesh began near Kevataliya Tola of Sheikhfarenda village, located on the western edge of Sonauli town.
District Magistrate Satyendra Kumar has said that the ICP will be important exit point of the Buddhist circuit near Nepal's Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
The Press Trust of India, referring to District Magistrate Satyendra Kumar, reported that the land acquisition work is almost complete and the construction of the boundary wall of the ICP kicked off under the supervision of Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.
The ICPs are being set up on both sides of the Indo-Nepal border in view of streamlining cross-border movement of cargo trucks between the two countries by bringing customs and immigration facilities under one roof.
The ICP will be built in an area of 143 acres at a cost of Rs 700 crore. Besides this, a road will be constructed from Jugauli and Sukrauli village to connect the ICP with National Highway 24.