Attari (Amritsar): A meeting of technical experts from India and Pakistan on Friday agreed on the location of an additional gate near here to facilitate cross-border travel and trade. It also took a unanimous decision that the location of the second gate at the zero line shall be adhered to as per the proposal of Pakistan.

Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar Kahan Singh Pannu, who attended the meeting, said the meeting discussed issues relating to development of infrastructure, including construction of the Integrated Check Post (ICPs), at the Attari/Wagah border for travel and trade facilitation.

He said the meeting further agreed that road coming from ICP on Indian side will be constructed to meet the alignment of road from Pakistan through the second gate.

Pannu said the exact location of the second gate and the proposed alignment of the road on both sides were approved after the field visit of a joint team.

"To sanitize the area around the second gate, the Indian side may construct a cattle fence as deemed appropriate in its territory", Pannu added.

He said the next meeting of the joint technical group between India and Pakistan is proposed to be held by mid-June to review the progress in this regard.

The Indian team at the meeting was led by Sada Kant, Joint Secretary (Border Management) in the Union Home Ministry while the 8-member Pakistan delegation was headed by Shabbir Ahmad, Joint Secretary in the Interior Ministry.

The ICP spread over 130 acres of land is being set up at Attari on which India is spending Rs. 120 crore. This is the first ICP among the 13 which are expected to start functioning in April.

(Agencies)