ArmInfo.As part of the Meghri border crossing reconstruction and modernization project, the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Meghri checkpoint took place today. Head of the State Revenue Committee of the Republic of Armenia Rustam Badasyan said on his Facebook page.
He recalled that the reconstruction and modernization of the Meghri checkpoint is carried out at the expense of loans and grants provided by the EU and the EBRD. On February 7, 2020, a corresponding agreement for 21.1 million euros was signed between the Republic of Armenia and the European Bank for Reconstruction. From this amount, the EBRD will provide a 10.6 million euro loan to Armenia on Libor + 1% terms, which is 1.7% in a semi-annual context. Most of the funding will be provided through grant funds provided by the EU under the European Neighborhood program - 10.6 million euros and 700 thousand euros. The checkpoint modernization project is being implemented by the Iranian Tana Energy Management company.
"Construction work will be completed in 2026, as a result of which we will have a modern checkpoint that meets international standards," Badasyan said.
As a result of the implementation of the program, the checkpoint will be expanded from the current 6.6 ha to 8.8 ha. Throughput will increase from 300 to 900 vehicles per day. To fully ensure the functions of the Meghri border checkpoint, a two-story administrative building with an area of 4,000 square meters will be built with a solar power plant on the roof with an area of 1,500 square meters.
The checkpoint will provide premises for a detailed inspection of vehicles, X-ray inspection of trucks and customs clearance, as well as a platform for X-ray inspection of cars, a post of veterinary and sanitary and phytosanitary control and other infrastructure facilities.