The government has failed to fulfill its false promises of providing best ever facilities at the integrated check Post (ICP) at the Attari land border to clear export vehicles to Pakistan, Indian traders said.
There is an almost eight kilometers long queue of trucks on the Indian side of Attari land border awaiting clearances, traders said.
Notably the exporters and truckers from north India have to wait at least seven days before their trucks can cross over into Pakistan. Spices, vegetables, soya beans, and plastic granules are being exported to Pakistan via the border.
“I have been waiting for the clearance for past four days. It is around eight kilometers long queue as a lot of exporters come every day,” said Surjit Singh, an Amritsar based trucker.
“The reason for the long queue is the slow clearance system at the border. They do not have proper infrastructure to work fast. We are standing on the road and this leads to traffic congestion also. The chances of theft also increase during this period,” said Singh.
“This is not only hampering the growth in trade but is also affecting the quality of the material we are sending,” said Prakash Verma, an Amritsar based exporter.
“The state government had made tall claims of providing world class facilities to traders to promote bilateral trade between the two countries of India and Pakistan, but has failed to fulfill them. This is really a setback for the traders as we have not been given proper facilities for the export there at ICP,” said Verma.
The manager of the Indian warehouse at Attari blames Pakistan for the delays. “We can clear over 500 trucks a day but Pakistan's customs authorities are unable to receive more than 150 trucks. We have extended the clearance timings as well to speed up the process,” ICP manager Rameshwar said.