(Last Updated on : 22-01-2016)
Attari also spelled Atari is a small Indian Village
located in Punjab
. Attari village was the native village of Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala, one of the generals in the Army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled Punjab Province during the rule of British East India Company in India
Location of Attari
Attari is a village of Amritsar District
in Punjab. It is situated 25 km west of the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, and is the last Indian station on the rail route connecting Lahore, Pakistan with the Indian capital Delhi
Geography of Attari
Attari is about 3 km from the Indo-Pakistani border at Wagah.
Economy of Attari
The trade regulation of Attari between India and Pakistan have been eased, especially after 2007, when the annual trade through road increased from Rs.6.5 billion in 2007 to Rs.15 billion in 2010-11. After the Integrated Check Post (ICP) was opened at Attari on April 13, 2012 to improve road trade, around 500 trucks have been crossing the border every day.
Transportation of Attari
Attari is the starting point of the National Highway 1. It is the part of the historic Grand Trunk Road and is also part of AH1, the longest route of the Asian Highway Network. The Samjhauta Express, the peace train service that actually crosses the international border, the only train that runs from Attari railway station to Wagah Pakistan, a distance of 3 km.
Administration of Attari
Attari is one of the five sub-Tehsils and a block in Amritsar district. It is one of the nine Vidhan Sabha segments within Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency. Currently, all freight traffic originating from Asia destined for Europe goes by sea. The Trans-Asian Railway will enable containers from Singapore, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Korea to travel over land by train to Europe. The Southern Corridor of the Trans-Asian Railway is of prime interest to India. It connects Yunnan in China and Thailand with Europe via Turkey and passes through India. The Pakistani traders enter India through Tamu and Moreh in Manipur
bordering Myanmar, then enter Bangladesh through Mahisasan and Shabajpur and again enter India from Bangladesh at Gede. On the western side, the line will enter Pakistan at Attari. There is a 315 kilometres (196 mi) missing link on this route in the India-Myanmar sector; of this 180 kilometres (110 mi), in India, is between Jiribam in Manipur and Tamu in Myanmar. The rail link between Jiribam and Imphal
has been sanctioned by Indian Railways.