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New India-Bangladesh Waterway Route With Tripura Made Operational as 1st Consignment of Items Arrives

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The primary consignment of products from Bangladesh arrived in Tripura by waterway on Saturday as a part of a trial run for transport of products from different components of India to the northeast area through Bangladesh formally making operational […]

The primary consignment of products from Bangladesh arrived in Tripura by waterway on Saturday as a part of a trial run for transport of products from different components of India to the northeast area through Bangladesh formally making operational of recent waterways between the 2 neighbours.

A Bangladeshi vessel monitoring 93 km waterways carrying 10 tonnes of cement from Daukandi within the neighbouring nation arrived western Tripura’s Sonamura, the place Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb accompanied by others acquired the vessel. With the arrival of the vessel, the Sonamura-Daukandi 93-km-long new inland waterways protocol route between northeast India’s Tripura state and Bangladesh was formally made operational on Saturday.






A brief floating jetty was constructed at Sonamura (55 kms west of Tripura capital Agartala) in western Tripura to start out the brand new waterway by means of the Gomati river between Tripura and Bangladesh. Agartala through Guwahati is 1,650 km from Kolkata by highway, and a pair of,637 km from New Delhi whereas the gap between Agartala and Kolkata through Bangladesh is simply 620 km.

Deb, who additionally holds the Industries and Commerce Division, mentioned that if the northeastern states carry items from different components of India and overseas by means of waterways through Bangladesh, 25 to 30 per cent expenditure can be saved.”Tripura alone imported numerous commodities price of Rs 20,000 crore every year together with Rs 630 crore from Bangladesh by highway or by practice. Tripura exported bamboo, rubber, tea, pineapple and different items valued at Rs 2, 000 crore per 12 months by highway or by practice. From now onwards all of the export and import can be completed by waterways saving 25 to 30 per cent expenditure on transportation,” the Chief Minister mentioned.

Deb, accompanied by Indian Excessive Commissioner in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das, Transport Minister Pranajit Singha Roy and Lok Sabha member Pratima Bhowmik, mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina have paid particular private consideration for the financial development of Tripura and different northeastern states.

India and Bangladesh had earlier signed a MoU to ferry numerous items together with foodgrains from totally different components of India to the mountainous northeastern states utilizing Bangladeshi ports and floor roads to save lots of time and transportation prices. The eight northeastern states are related with the opposite components of the nation by highway through slim land corridors by means of Assam and West Bengal, however this route passes by means of mountainous terrain with steep gradients and a number of hairpin bends, making plying of autos, particularly loaded vehicles, very troublesome, dangerous and time consuming.

Based on Tripura Chief Minister the waterway distance from (Kolkata’s) Haldia port to Chattogram worldwide port is 400 kms and from Chattogram seaport (in southeast Bangladesh) to Akhaura ICP (alongside Agartala) is 200 km,” he mentioned.

Rising the variety of new waterways, the “Second Addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Commerce” was signed in Dhaka on Could 20 by Indian Excessive Commissioner in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Bangladesh Delivery Ministry Secretary Mohammed Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury. To spice up commerce, financial exercise and connectivity, India and Bangladesh beneath the Could 20 deal, have added 5 extra “ports of name” on both facet and elevated the protocol (water) routes from eight to 10.

There are six “ports of name” every in India and Bangladesh.The 5 new “ports of name” on the Indian facet are Dhulian, Maia, Kolaghat, Sonamura and Jogigopha and on the Bangladesh facet Rajshahi, Sultanganj, Chilmari, Daudkandi and Bahadurabad.

Two extra prolonged “ports of name” — Tribeli (Bandel) and Badarpur in India and Ghorasal and Muktarpur in Bangladesh — have been added.


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