Tripura-Bangladesh' first international waterway approved;CM hails PM Modi, Hasina
By Our Correspondent, 21/05/2020, Agartala

As Tripura got its first ever international waterways with neighbouring Bangladesh through river Gomati, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb hoped that this waterway will boost State's economy and Tripura will emerge as the gateway of Northeast. “This has come up as dreams come true,” he tweeted. Hailing the 2nd addendum signed between the two nation on Wednesday Chief Minister tweeted,

“"On behalf of the people of Tripura I thank @PMOIndia Shri @narendramodiji & Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina for approving the Sonamura - Daudkhandi route as an Indo-Bangladesh protocol route. This route will boost State''s economy and Tripura will emerge as the gateway of Northeast."

Five new protocol routes were announced between the two countries and Sonamura-Daudkandi route on Tripura’s River Gomati was included in the list of Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) routes signed between High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Bangladesh Shipping Secretary Md. Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury at Dhaka on Wednesday. The 2nd addendum on Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade between India and Bangladesh signed on Wednesday stated, “Inclusions of new routes and declaration of new ports of Call to facilitate trade between the two countries.”

The addendum is released by High Commission of India in Dhaka on Wednesday. The press communiqué states, “Inclusion of Sonamura- Daudkandi stretch of Gumti river (93 jm) as IBP route no. 9 & 10in the Protocol will improve the connectivity of Tripura and adjoining states with Indian and Bangladesh’ economic centres and will help the hinterland of both the countries.”