India is looking to set up a few more land ports, buoyed by the success of such integrated check posts in Agartala and other places, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.
We are thinking of identifying a few more (land ports). Beyond that, we have border huts, Customs stations and there are many things, Rijiju said while addressing a function yesterday to commemorate 50 years of ASEAN and 25 years of India-ASEAN Partnership.
He talked about the success and brisk business being done at land ports in Agartala and elsewhere in India, saying it is not easy to set up a land port because you have to have an outlet.
Elaborating, he said, These borders along the eastern coast and the North-East must be hugely explored... otherwise, people think they are far away from Delhi... The heart of the country may be Delhi. But shape and size of the country is defined by its border. The country does not begin with the capital, but it begins from the border. So, borders are important.
He also suggested that the obsession with western education and issues with Pakistan must be done away with.
The home ministry has started opening various channels on the borders to improve ties with neighbours, particularly in Eastern and North-Eastern Region (NER).
Original Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com