Agartala: The Tripura chief minister on Wednesday met with Vinit Kumar, chairman of the Kolkata Port Trust, who is here to check the preparations of the Agartala Integrated Check Post.
Speaking with reporters, the chairman expressed his satisfaction over the infrastructure of Agartala Integrated Checkpost and said that, efforts will be made to bring the goods using Chittagong port experimentally.
Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb also tweeted, “Had an excellent meeting with Mr Vinit Kumar, Chairman of Kolkata Port Trust this evening at my residence at Agartala. We discussed on fast implementation of protocol route between India and Bangladesh connecting river Gomati in Tripura with river Meghna in Bangladesh.”
Vinit Kumar, who came to Agartala and visited the Integrated Check Post after checking all aspects, said that efforts are being made to bring goods through Chittagong port in one and half month.
“The Agartala Integrated Checkpost is fully prepared. There is enough space with all kinds of facilities available that the agencies require. As a result, there will be no problem in bringing goods using Chittagong port,” Kumar said.
He also said that India has already used the port of Ashuganj in Bangladesh but there are no modern facilities and large container landing facilities. However, the construction of modern infrastructure at Ashuganj port is underway. The Indian government is also providing financial support to it and it would take another 2-5 year to fully build that port.
“India-Bangladesh has recently signed an agreement to use Chittagong port. Therefore, efforts are being made to speed up the transport of goods to Tripura using that port. Goods will be brought through the port on a trial basis for sometimes and efforts are being made to bring the product to Tripura in one and a half months”, Kumar added.
A meeting with the state chief secretary also took place on Wednesday to find out how prepared Tripura is in that regard. If all goes well, an initiative will be taken to bring the goods through Chittagong port, Kumar said.
“Currently goods are being brought from Kolkata port to Chittagong port. In this case, the product can be easily brought to Tripura by extension of service. Importing and exporting goods through Chittagong port would benefit the entire north-eastern region including Tripura. Moreover, not only Kolkata or Haldia, Chittagong port will facilitate the delivery of goods from any port of the country,” Kumar added.