Inland waterways of Tripura and Bangladesh to boost economy: CM
By Our Correspondent, 05/09/2020, Agartala

The first ever trial run of consignment export through waterways of Tripura and neighbouring Bangladesh will set a new milestone for the state's economy, said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday. Receiving the Bangladeshi vessel MB Premier, carrying 50 metric tonnes of cement for Tripura here at Sonanura's temporary floating jetty in South Tripura district, Deb has thanked both PM Modi and his counter part Sheikh Hasina. He said, "It was a dream of the people of this state come true today which the arrival of vessel from Bangladesh to Tripura thorugh inland waterways."

Deb said, "With this the trade expenditure or the cost for Tripura shall be reduced by 25% to 30%. It is fortunate that we could witness this yet another feather to the history of Tripura today." He said that this shall also bring a new milestone to the future of youths of this state.Tripura imports Rs. 20,000 Cr. of various goods annually from different parts of the country of which Rs. 630 Cr. of goods are imported from Bangladesh whereas the state exports goods worth Rs. 2000 Cr. annually to Bangladesh and other parts annually, Deb said.

Deb today felt that this new inland waterway of Bangladesh Daudkandi and Tripura's Gomati River will open up new avenues for economic development in both the countries, with Tripura playing an important role. Meantime, Deb said that once the ongoing construction of bridge over river Feni of Bangladesh is completed, access to Chittagong port shall open up another avenues for the entire North-east region of India and South East Asia with Tripura becoming a trade hub.

"Crrently, our nearest port is Haldia (in West Bengal) which is 1,200 kilometres away from Tripura whereas the Chittagong port is just 600 kms away from the state - 400 Kms. by watwrways and rest 200 kms. by road. So once we get accessed to the Chittaging port with the openibg of bridge over river Feni, the transportation cost will be reduced by half," Deb said. The first ever export consignment from Bangladesh to Tripura through inland waterways is being used as a trial run for the operationalization of the Daudkandi (Bangladesh)-Sonamura (Tripura) Inland Waterway Protocol route.

However, inclusion of Sonamura - Daudkhandi stretch of the Gomati river as a new route in the Protocol is expected to improve the connectivity of Tripura and the adjoining States with Indian and Bangladesh's economic centers and will help the hinterland of both the countries. India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Riva Ganguly Das, Bangladesh Asstt. High Commissioner at Agartala Kirit Chakma, Chairman of Land Port Authority Of India Aditya Mishra, MP Pratima Bhowmik and others remained present in the ceremonial function at Sonamura while thr CM has received the first ever consignment from Bangladesh to Tripura through the inland waterways.