Provide transit and trans-shipment facility to NE: Taskforce

Last Updated: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 20:06

Agartala: A joint task force on
Indo-Bangla trade today demanded for immediately providing
transit and transshipment facility to people from the
North-East to facilitate enhanced trade between the two
countries, officials said today.

The task force organised a two-day stakeholder
consultation on Indo-Bangla trade, which concluded here today
resolved to submit a memorandum to the Prime Ministers of
India and Bangladesh to immediately provide transit and
transshipment facility to people from the North-East to
facilitate enhanced trade between the two countries.

The task force was formed with the representatives of
Indo-Bangla Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Industries and
Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER) and Tripura Chamber
of Commerce and CUTS International and representatives of
media of India and Bangladesh.

The stakeholders consultation which was inaugurated by
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said the relation between
India and Bangladesh is very cordial now, so it is conducive
to fully implement the accord signed by Bangladesh and India
in January.

Sarkar also strongly advocated for waterway and air
connectivity between Dhaka-Agartala-Guwahati for the
convenience of the businessmen.

Better trade could be guaranteed if connectivity
between the two countries were improved and integration of
different modes of transportation like road, railways and
waterways was ensured, Sarkar said.

He demanded immediate conversion of railway line from
meter gauge to broad-gauge from Lumding to Agartala and
extension of the track up to Sabroom, a border town in South
Tripura district, which is just 72 km from Chittagong port of
Bangladesh.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 20:06

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