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Dhaka: Integrated Indian visa application centre inaugurated

ANI  |  Dhaka [Bangladesh] 

A new integrated state-of-the-art integrated (IVAC) was jointly inaugurated by and his Bangladeshi counterpart at Dhaka's Future Park here on Saturday.

The High Commission of in Dhaka, the new IVAC in Future Park will replace the existing IVACs in Motijheel and Uttara from July 15. The remaining two IVACs in (Gulshan and Mirpur Road) will also be shifted to the new facility by August 31. Thereafter, only one IVAC will be functional for all categories of without prior appointment, as per a release by the High Commission of in

The new IVAC in Future Park will be a model visa centre. Located in an 18,500 square feet commercial area, the IVAC will have facilities like computer generated token vending machines (expected waiting time will be indicated), comfortable seating arrangements in an air-conditioned waiting area, coffee and soft drinks vending machines, and as many as 48 counters for submission of applications.

Separate counters will be reserved for senior citizens, women, freedom fighters and business applicants, the statement added.

A special help desk and counter for services, including and photocopying will be accessible at cost price. The location of the new IVAC inside a spacious and secure shopping mall is expected to provide to applicants and is expected to reduce waiting time considerably.

"The consolidation of at the Jamuna Future Park and the provision of amenities, reflect the continuing efforts of the High Commission of India, in collaboration with its outsourced partners, the State Bank of India, to further streamline the Indian visa application process and strengthen people-to-people contacts between and Bangladesh," the statement continued.

Earlier in the day, Rajnath, who arrived in on a three-day visit, met Sheikh at the Ganabhaban.

Taking to his handle, Rajnath said that he discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest with

"Had an extremely fruitful meeting with the of Bangladesh, H.E. Sheikh in Dhaka today. We discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest," Rajnath tweeted.

Later, Rajnath will inaugurate the Bangladesh-in Police Academy in Sardah. Khan will also host a state dinner in honour of Rajnath later in the day, Dhaka Tribune reported.

On Sunday, Rajnath and will co-chair the sixth meeting of the Bangladesh-India home minister-level talks at the Secretariat. The last such talks were held in in July 2016.

Rajnath is also scheduled to visit and Dhakeshwari Temple, as per the Dhaka Tribune report.

On Friday, Rajnath was received by his Bangladeshi counterpart Khan at the The Indian in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, hosted a state dinner in honour of the visiting

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 14:54 IST