Cross-border movement has increased in most of the districts bordering India after the decision to reopen all the border points, but Kakadvitta entry point in Jhapa has not opened yet.

The government had closed all the border points to avoid possible spread of coronavirus almost a year ago.

Due to restriction on four-wheelers, the border area still wears a deserted look, though a few motorcycles and city rickshaws can be seen crossing the border in Kakadbhitta.

Locals reach Naxalbari, Panitanki and Siliguri to buy medicines and other food materials.

Some people even use illegal border points to reach India.

The government had decided to reopen 30 entry points a week ago. But some of the border points, including Kakadbhitta, have yet to come into operation due to delay from the Indian side.

DSP Sunil Dahal at Kakadbhitta Area Police Office said that the border point there had not come into operation as India had not shown interest in opening the border.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 7, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.