Tripura to be India’s gateway with South-East Asia: Sitharaman

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Srimantapur (Tripura), Jan.6 (ANI): With construction of bridge over river Feni and opening up of the Chittagong Port of Bangladesh, Tripura will not only be India’s gateway to South-East Asia but also corridor for the Northeast India, Union Minister of State for Industries and Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman said on Wednesday.

She said this after inaugurating multi-facility ‘Integrated Development Complex (IDC)’ here, about 65 km from state capital Agartala, to facilitate smooth passage of citizens of India and Bangladesh and improve border trade with the neighbouring nation.

“After constructing the bridge over river Feni our connectivity with Chittagong will be established and it works then freight for all the state of the Northeast can be sent there and through Tripura supplied to all states. For Northeast Tripura will be the gateway.”

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“If Tripura becomes the gateway for the north-eastern state then it will not be far that for the 12 Southeast Asian nations – Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos and till far up to Cambodia, to develop economic relation further through the Chittagong port and via Tripura for the Northeaster state to establish business connectivity.”

Sitharaman stressed on not only opening up of Chittagong sea port but also establishing pre-partition river linkage via Tripura’s Gomuti with Meghna in Bangladesh since Tripura being a landlocked state here connecting by land is tough.

The Union Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded the highest importance to improve relations with the neighbouring countries and this IDC was constructed with an eye to improve relations with neighbouring Bangladesh.

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The IDC here was built at a cost of Rs. 16 crore on 2.83 acres of land bordering Comilla District of the neighbouring country, which having facilities like weigh bridge, warehouse, computerised immigration system, bank with currency exchange facility is almost like an integrated check-post.

The IDC is expected to improve legal trade between Tripura and Bangladesh. (ANI)

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