While the proposal to install truck scanner at the Attari Integrated Check Post (ICP) is still to take any substantial shape,the custodian of the ICP,Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC),is likely to install a cargo scanner on Friday to check smuggling of banned substances through trade consignments.
An official at Attari ICP said the scanner was being installed to create a psychological fear among those attempting to smuggle as consignments will be checked randomly. Earlier,we had to rely upon Pakistan only to check consignments from there,as they had a truck scanner installed. Now,the cargo scanner will act as a deterrent to smuggling of banned substances, he added.
According to sources,the cargo scanner to be installed in the import section was earlier installed at the Amritsar international airport.
When contacted,CWC manager at ICP,Rameshwar Chaudhary,said: The scanner is likely to be installed tomorrow.
Indian imports an array of products from Pakistan through the ICP.
There have been instances in the past where banned substances like heroin have been recovered from the trade consignments. Last year,goods train from Pakistan had brought heroin worth over Rs 500 crore hidden along cement bags.
The contraband was seized at Amritsar rail cargo. Recently,Punjab Police had also arrested a customs official posted at Attari with heroin worth Rs 50 crore.