AIZAWL, Feb 10: The lone Rajya Sabha member from Mizoram, K Vanlalvena, today urged the Centre to reopen the Indo-Myanmar border trade centre in the State which has remained closed since April last year.

During the Zero Hour, Vanlalvena informed the Upper House that even though border trade has remained suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic since April last year, unscrupulous traders have built kuccha roads in at least seven points across the border without the knowledge of the Government.

“Illegal import of goods continues uninterrupted through these jungle tracks,” Vanlalvena said. There is danger of these jungle tracks turning into permanent smuggling routes if the Government does not act fast, he cautioned.

Vanlalvena observed that reopening of Indo-Myanmar border trade is a must to stop entry of untaxed foreign goods into Mizoram.

2 new virus cases: With two BSF personnel testing positive for COVID-19, Mizoram’s virus tally has reached 4,388, an official release stated on Wednesday. The two fresh cases were detected following testing of 932 samples on Tuesday.

The two jawans, who had returned from Siliguri and Guwahati, are asymptomatic.

Mizoram now has 21 active cases, while 4,358 people have recovered from the virus. Nine people have succumbed to the infection so far. As many as 2,17,442 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the State till date.