Shillong: The foundation stone for the new
land customs station (LCS) at the commercial town of Gasuapara in South Garo Hills district along the Bangladesh border has
been laid by Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, official
sources said Tuesday.
The new LCS would go a long way in enhancing border trade
between India and Bangladesh, Sangma told the function on
The two countries had not been able to exploit the full
potential that exist between them, particularly in the area of
trade, he said adding promoting trade and commerce between
them would help strengthen the cultural and economic ties
besides containing rural migration.
He said the move to set up two border weekly markets at
Kalaichar and Balat would be beneficial to both countries.
Stressing on the need to revive river routes, Sangma said
the process of identifying them was underway and the state
would receive 100 per cent assistance from the Centre for
infrastructure development in this regard.
He said there was a need to explore the possibilities of
using the Brahmaputra river as a common waterway between India
and Bangladesh which would further boost the trade and commerce between the two countries.
Earlier, Commissioner & Secretary, Commerce and
Industries, Arindam Som, said the LCS was being set up on 15
acres at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore.
It would also serve as an export outlet not only to coal
based products but also for horticulture products abundant in
the area, he added.