Bangladesh allows transport of foodgrains via its port



Agartala: Bangladesh has agreed to allow India to use its Ashuganj port for transporting food grains to the Northeast.

Bangladesh government last week allowed India to transport 10,000 tonnes of rice for Tripura which would come from Haldia port to Ashuganj port in Brahmanbaria district in Bangladesh, about 40 km from here, and then the grains would reach Agartala by trucks, Tripura Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bhanulal Saha said.

The order was passed by the Bangladesh government earlier last week following hectic diplomatic parley and the state government has taken steps to carry the food grains, Saha said.

Earlier, Dhaka had allowed to transport heavy and over- sized machineries for the Palatana gas-based thermal power project through its territory.

Palatana thermal power project in Gomati district would start generation commercially next month. Prime Minister Manmmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone for the 726 MW thermal project in 2005.

PTI