Bangladesh minister bats for visa-on-arrival in India

Shillong, July 15 (IANS) Bangladesh Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Friday batted for visa-on-arrival for Indian and Bangladeshi tourists and opened up all the closed border checkpoints for tourists.

“Introducing visa-on-arrival at the border checkpoints will go a long way to develop tourism especially between India’s northeastern states and Bangladesh. The present practice of granting visas and the sufferings there off are not conducive to tourism expansion in these two countries,” Menon said at the inaugural session of the Nadi (river) festival 2016 here in Meghalaya.

“We have to explore the opportunities for creation of more border check posts and developing the infrastructural facilities including road and rail connectivity. Our international airport in Sylhet can serve as the passageway for the isolated the northeastern people towards the rest of the world,” he said.

Menon said Bangladesh is also planning to introduce Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight connecting Dhaka to Guwahati international airport in Assam to promote tourism and trade in the northeastern states.

“We can also the plan to have air connectivity between Dhaka and Shillong if an airstrip is extended,” he said.

–IANS

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