Tripura to have multi-model logistic hub on Gomati River bank

Agartala, Oct 31:To boost trade between Bangladesh and India, the Tripura government has started the work in full swing for setting up of multi-model logistic hub in the bank of river Gomati in Udaipur sub-division, said the special secretary for the state transport department Sandip R Rathod on Monday. Addressing a press conference here at the civil secretariat on Monday, the special secretary said that work has already been started with the allotment of 20 acres of land to the Transport Department and another 36.33 acres of land is proposed to be settled. Preparation of DPR for this project has already started, he told reporters.

He further said that aiming to make Tripura the gateway to South-East Asia, the government is working to connect Ashuganj, Chittagong and Kolkata ports with Kaladan multimodal transit facility through Myanmar's Sittwe port. Rathod also said the state government has sought an extension from Sonamura to Maharani via Udaipur for a proposed waterway to Bangladesh’s Daudkandi. The Sonamura-Daudkandi waterway has been declared as an international Indo-Bangla protocol route in May 2020 based on the Gomti River for the development of the communication system in the international waterways, he said.

Underlining various developmental initiatives taken by the government in the last four years, Rathod said that due to the improvement of the transport system, tourism and trade are expanding in the state. In addition to increasing rail, road and air services, water transport infrastructure is being developed, he added. “A proposal has been sent to the Ministry of Railways by the state government to start Agartala-Guwahati intercity train, Agartala-Puri, Agartala-Jammu and Agartala-Mumbai train services,” he said, adding that the Ministry of Railways has taken initiatives to make the Agartala railway station an international standard railway station with modern facilities.

Meanwhile, he said that the Agartala MBB Airport is now the second busiest airport in the North Eastern region with a maximum of 24 flights operating their services regularly every day and the number of passengers averages around 3,900 per day. A written proposal has been sent to the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the Central Government to declare MBB Airport as an international airport. He said, “The AAI officials have already started the preparation of DPR for the construction of a new greenfield airport at Kailasahar.”

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