Indo-Bangla visit begins
Agartala : By Our Correspondent
To have a first hand knowledge on the existing trade facilities along the Indo-Bangla border, an Indo-Bangla joint team on Saturday started visiting Land Customs Stations (LCSs).
Members of the joint team visited Akhaura Check Post and had a meeting there where existing trade facilities were discussed threadbare. The work for making Akhaura as Integrated LCS has already got underway to boost the bilateral trade with Bangladesh.
Sources said, representatives of Bangladesh expressed satisfaction over the infrastructure at Akhaura and underlined need to improve facilities across the border.
The team headed by first secretary of Indian High Commission in Dhaka B. Shyam and Dy secretary of Bangladesh Commerce Ministry Muktadir Hussain is scheduled to visit Sabroom in South Tripura district to see the proposed site for a bridge connecting Sabroom with Ramgarh (Bangladesh). The LCS at Sabroom was dormant since long time but of late the Centre had de-notified it enabling authority concerned to operationalize the land port. They will also Muhurighat LCS in Belonia subdivision and talk to the local importers and exporters.
During five-day visit, the team will visit all the seven LCSs to see trade related facilities. Apart from LCS inspection, the joint team will also visit the proposed sites for Border Haats.
The Central government, aiming to boost the bilateral trade had already approved a proposal for setting up four Border Haats. The four Border Haats will come up at Kamalasagar (Kasba), Srinagar, Kamalpur and Raghna.
Here it may be noted that Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Pankaj Saran had paid a visit to the state on June 5. During the visit, the Indian envoy also met Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and assured of rendering all possible help to strengthen bilateral ties with Bangladesh.