Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb presenting medal to a woman cop at the Assam Rifles parade ground on the occasion of 74th Independence Day celebrations

Agartala: Amidst the set of restrictions imposed following the coronavirus pandemic, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday hosted the tricolour on the occasion of 74th Independence Day at the 21-Assam Rifles Parade ground in Agartala.

After unfurling the national flag, Deb took salute from the contingents during the guard of honour and presented medals to the personnel.

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Addressing the state in his speech, Deb said that for the first time in history India is celebrating Independence Day in an unusual manner due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus which has affected all the country across the world.

He also appreciated the frontline workers including the heath workers, police personnel and media persons for continuing their work amidst the pandemic.

“The state government is trying to contain the spread of virus and sufficient arrangements have been made in the state for the treatments of patients infected with the virus. We have arranged over 2129 beds for the COVID-19 positive patients and will make all necessary arrangements as and when required,” said Deb, who also holds the health portfolio.

He also announced that the state will soon have another medical college at Ambassa, at the headquarters of Dhalai district, for which the process has already begun.

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Speaking further, the chief minister said that the work of 15 km Agartala-Akhaura rail link is under progress and the Centre has allocated Rs 3,193 crore for the completion of the project.

“Tripura’s southern most part, Sabroom, bordering Bangladesh has now got the railway connection and the survey work for another alternative railway line from Belonia in South Tripura to Dharmanagar in North district has began,” Deb added.

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Taking note of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Deb said that work for laying broadband network connection through fibre cables has begun and soon all the villages across the state will get connectivity.

Speaking about the recent agreement between India and Bangladesh allowing trade through Sonamura, India through Gomati river to Daudkandi in Bangladesh, Deb said that the trade through this river will commence shortly, adding, “Goods ferrying through different countries would be transported to other parts of the Northeast India.”

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