The trial run to transport cargo from Kolkata to the northeast via Bangladesh’s Mongla port has been successfully completed, with Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik receiving a shipment in the Sepahijala district of Tripura, officials said.
Freight transportation from the port of Kolkata in West Bengal to the northeastern states of the country via the India-Bangladesh Protocol route will not only reduce transit costs and time, but also help boost the economy, they said. “A shipment reached Srimantapur LCS (Land Customs Station) from Bangladesh today (Tuesday). It will be transported to Silchar later.
“This is an experimental cargo movement from Kolkata to Srimantapur through the Mongla Port-Bibir Bazaar in Bangladesh. It has opened up new possibilities for the transportation of shipments. Once the system is regularized, various items can be transported to the northeastern states via Bangladesh.” said Mr Bhoumik, the state minister for social justice and empowerment.
Tripura Industries and Commerce Minister Santana Chakma and Indian Assistant High Commissioner in Chittagong Dr Rajiv Ranjan were present at Srimangapur LCS during the arrival of the shipment.
The two countries have signed an agreement and a standard procedure for the use of the ports of Chittagong and Mongla for goods traffic to and from India.
“A shipment was successfully transported from Chittagong Port to Akhura (Agartala) Integrated Checkpoint in 2020, this time another shipment came from Kolkata to Srimantapur via Mongla Port (Bangladesh) on an experimental basis this time and the process went smoothly. smoothly,” said Land Ports Authority. from India, Agartala manager Debasish Nandi told PTI.
The shipping ministry will prepare and discuss a final report with its counterpart in Bangladesh on regularizing shipments to the northeast, he added.
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