Former Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb demands early completion of work from B’desh part on Sonamura-Daudkandi waterway

The Rajya Sabha MP Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday sought the intervention of the Union Ministry of Shipping for early completion of the work on Sonamura-Daudkandi inland waterway. The former Chief Minister of Tripura, Deb raised the issue with the upper house of the parliament and drew the attention of the Centre in resolving the obstacles found after the first trial run held in the month of September previous year along the route.

“Soon after the obstacle was found from the Bangladesh’ part regarding the dredging work, the Union ministry discussed the matter with the Bangladesh counterpart, following which the Bangladesh counterpart agreed to complete the work soon. But till now the dredging work has not yet started on Bangladesh’ part. So, I demand the Union government of India to discuss the matter with the Bangladesh government and start the dredging work at the earliest for the functioning of the Sonamura-Daudkandi inland waterway soon,” he informed the upper house.  

He said, “A floating jetty was already set up by the Ministry of Shipping from the Indian part at Sonamura, before the trial run. At present, construction of a permanent jetty is in full swing.”

Deb however hoped that once the commercial transport on this waterway starts, the commercial trading between the two countries will be enhanced, which perhaps will also put impetus to the trading flow of Tripura and other North-East states of the country. 

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