CM Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurates 2nd edition of Bangladesh Film Fest at Agartala

Agartala, Feb 23: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday inaugurated the second edition of Bangladesh Film Festival here at Agartala private run hotel and urged the business community of the neighbouring Bangladesh to invest in Tripura.“Tripura is all set to become a trade corridor for the entire Northeast region of the country with the opening up of new horizons of communication, including water and railways, with huge potential for filmmaking in the state,” Deb claimed.The chief minister said ‘Maitri Setu’ (Friendship Bridge) on the Feni river in south Tripura was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in March last year and opening of the bridge would benefit south Assam, Manipur and Mizoram and at the same time create opportunities in Bangladesh.

He said, “The trade volume will be increased manifold when Chittagong port is eventually opened for the state. The Centre has already sanctioned funds to build a 36- km road in Bangladesh's Ramgarh to connect Chittagong with ‘Maitri Setu’. When the road is made operational, a lorry will travel only 72 km to reach Chittagong from Sabroom.” “With the Tripura government’s 25 years road map called as “Lakshya-2047” is set to generate huge potential for commercial investments all corners of the country and abroad including Bangladesh”, he added.

Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud who attended the programme acknowledged Tripura's role in the Bangladesh Liberation War and said, “We have not forgotten that around one crore oppressed Bangladeshi people had taken shelter in Tripura. People of this state had rendered all possible assistance to our uprooted people during those difficult days”. Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Ministry of Bangladesh Md. Mokbul Hussain along with other delegates of the nation, Tripura Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Sushanta Chowdhury along with the officials of the government also attended the programme.

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