Bangladesh ‘allows’ India to send goods to Tripura

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India had been seeking transit through Bangladesh to its the northeastern states since the independence of the country. During Mr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka in last September a letter of consent was scheduled to be exchanged between the countries, though it did not happen.

Though there’s no transit or transshipment accord between the countries, Bangladesh government has agreed to allow its territory for ferrying food grains and other essential commodities. Through the Ashuganj port goods will be carried to Tripura, the landlocked state of India.

Mr. B K Roy, the Commissioner for Food and Civil Supplies, told the PTI, “Bangladesh government has allowed transportation of food grains through Ashuganj port in their territory from Kolkata and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has taken the initiative to bring the foodgrains using the water route which would cut off the distance and hassles of carrying the supply through the mountainous region by trucks.”

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the reddish section on the map is the Indian state Tripura

“We would like to bring 5000 MT rice from Kolkata to Agartala via Ashuganj port bypassing the Assam-Agartala National Highway (NH-44).”

While the distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Guwahati is 1650 km, it is just 350 km when it is transported through Bangladesh.

“Due to shortage of rail wagons, inadequate storage facilities and various other bottlenecks, the northeastern states have been suffering from poor supply of food grains, especially during the monsoon,” said Mr. Roy.

The northeastern states are largely dependent on supply of food grains from other states like Punjab and Haryana.

Mr Roy, however, assured that Tripura has sufficient buffer stock of two months for the rainy season which was created to avoid transport bottlenecks in the Public Distribution System (PDS).

The Centre has agreed provide Rs 25 crore to set up 16 godowns in Tripura for storing 10,000 MT of rice.

India had been seeking transit through Bangladesh to its the northeastern states since the independence of the country. During Mr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka in last September a letter of consent was scheduled to be exchanged between the countries, though it did not happen.

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