Dhaka: Bangladesh and India on Saturday opened
a `Border Haat` along their common frontier to deepen
bilateral ties and boost trade between the two neighbours.
Commerce Minister M Faruk Khan and his Indian
counterpart Anand Sharma jointly inaugurated the first Haat on
the border stretched from Kalaichar in West Garo Hills
district of northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya to
Baliamari of Kurigram district in Bangladesh, the private
bdnews24 online reported.
People living within 5-kilometre radius of the haat
will be allowed to trade with special identity cards.
The Haat, which would be held every Wednesday, would
trade in local commodities including vegetables, food items,
fruits, spices, bamboo products and broom stick.
It aims to promote well-being of the people in remote
areas across the borders of India and Bangladesh by
establishing traditional system of marketing of local produce.
The two countries agreed to set up the Border Haats
"on a pilot basis" during the landmark India visit of Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina last year.
They agreed to set up a number of Border Haats, which
are expected to witness bilateral trade worth USD 20 million
every year, the report said.