Chief Minister of Province 1 Rajendra Kumar Rai has said that the under-construction holding centre inside Biratnagar Jute Mill would be operational within four days.

One hundred of the total 1,000 beds the project will have will come into operation within four days and the remaining within 15 days, he said while inspecting and monitoring Biratnagar border area, Rani, and a holding centre today. The project led by the Nepali Army is estimated to cost Rs 2.8 million, which is being provided by the provincial government.

He also directed that initiatives be taken immediately to prevent and control the virus while asking the concerned authority to manage electricity and water for the holding centre Mobility of people at the crossings with neighbouring India will be managed, vaccination cards for people at the border will be made mandatory and COVID-19 tests for people entering Nepal will be managed, he said, adding that similarly, the government would coordinate with the concerned sectors of India in preventing and containing the infection.

The CM was accompanied by Minister of Internal Affairs and Law of the province Kedar Karki, Minister for social Development Jaya Ram Yadav, Chief Secretary of the province Ram Prasad Ghimire, Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Law Kali Prasad Parajuli, chief of the Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police and high ranking officials of the province.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 14, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.