The Nathu La pass in East Sikkim on the Indo-China border
will reopen for trade on 1 May, a month earlier than
per the original schedule announced last year, trading
between the two neighbours through the Himalayan pass
was to start on 1 June and go on till 30 September.
a fax message from the union ministry of commerce and
industries said the period of trading through the route
has been extended by three months beginning 1 May and
ending on 30 November, district collector Vishal Chauhan
said before leaving for the Nathu La border outpost
to assess the preparations for the second season of
decision to advance and extend the period of trading
follows a series of high-level meetings held in New
of the period of trading through the route had been
one of the major demands of the local trade bodies,
including the Sikkim Chamber of Commerce, ever since
its opening in July last year.
external affairs ministry has confirmed that the Chinese
side has communicated its acceptance of the proposed
extension of the trading season, the letter said. All
field organisations, including security agencies, have
been suitably informed, the Union ministry said.
the government has left decisions on proposal to raise
the amount of business transaction from the present
Rs25,000 to Rs1 lakh per day per trader pending. The
other important proposals pending with the centre are
inclusion of additional items in the list of goods for
import and export and the extension of trading time
during the day.