Indo-Bangla inland waterways connectivity terminal launched in Tripura’s Srimantapur | India News – DollarJob

Indo-Bangla inland waterways connectivity terminal launched in Tripura’s Srimantapur | India News

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A new inland waterway terminal and a permanent jetty at the Indo-Bangla inland waterway protocol route between Sonamura and Daudkandi was inaugurated at Srimantapur in Tripura’s Sepahijala district on Tuesday, nearly four years after the route was started.

Chief Minister Manik Saha, who joined the inaugural event via videoconferencing, said the new infrastructure would help to strengthen the trade and economic relations between India and Bangladesh.

“Import and export of commodities between both the countries through waterways would be easier. Besides, the tourist footfall will also increase and also enhance scope of employment,” he said.

Tourism Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, emphasis had been laid on connecting the Northeast with different states and India’s neighbours through roadways, waterways, railways and airways.

“The prime minister has given us the HIRA model (Highways, I-ways, Railways and Airways). Currently, we have six highways and a few more will come up. We have been connected with different places of the country through railways. We had never thought that the Rajdhani Express would run here. We had never dreamt of waterways connectivity to Bangladesh,” he said.

Festive offer

Sarbananda Sonowal, Union minister for ports, shipping and waterways, who virtually joined from Guwahati, unveiled different projects worth Rs 308 crore including upgraded terminals at Karimganj and Badarpur, a passenger-cargo terminal at Bogibeel near Dibrugarh in Assam and the inland water transport terminal at Sonamura.

In July 2020, Tripura readied a floating jetty on the Gomati river in Sonamura, 60 km from Agartala, as part of the Indo-Bangla international inland waterways connectivity project.

The jetty, which connects Sonamura with Daudkandi of Bangladesh, was included in the list of routes part of an Indo-Bangladesh protocol signed between the India’s high commissioner to Bangladesh, Riva Ganguly Das, and Bangladesh’s shipping secretary, Md Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury, in Dhaka in May 2020.

Small boats and ferries capable of carrying 50 ton goods were scheduled to start moving through this route to Bangladesh soon. While some boats did move and continue to move, the authorities are trying to boost the navigability of the rain-fed river, including with plans for dredging the Gomati riverbed to make way for small ships and boats from Sonamura till Bangladesh’s Ashuganj river port, which is only 60 km away, during the winters.

A permanent jetty was proposed at the time as it was found necessary for full-fledged operations even though the Gomati has sufficient water for the movement of boats and small ships during the monsoon.

India has 20 integrated checkposts, half of which are on the eastern boundary with Bangladesh. Tripura’s 856-km-long border with Bangladesh is the second-longest with that country, after West Bengal’s 2,216.7-km international boundary.



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