The Sonamura-Daudkhandi stretch of Gumti River (93 km) was approved as India-Bangladesh protocol route

Agartala: The trial run in the Sonamura-Daudkandi inland waterways protocol route would be conducted in the first week of September, informed chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday.

Taking to Twitter, Deb announced that the trial run of shipping would start in the India-Bangladesh protocol route from in the first week of September.

“Historical moment for Tripura! Trial Run of Ship is to be conducted in the first week of September between India & Bangladesh. Bangladesh authority has given permission for the trial run of the voyage from Daundkandi (Cumilla) to Sonamura via river Gomti”, Deb wrote.

During the trial run, 50 MT cement will be transported in a barge from Dhaka to Sonamura. This is the first time any goods will be reaching Tripura by ship.

The Indo-Bangla traders on August 11 had demanded a trial run within August through the newly sanctioned inland waterways protocol route.

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Visiting the port site where the work for commissioning the inland waterways connectivity On May 29, chief minister Deb said, “Both India and Bangladesh signed the agreement and have decided to start the trade amidst the pandemic. I hope that ships will start from the temporary jetty which is being set up in 3 to 4 months.”

He also said that for now small ships and boats can move with 50 tons of capacity easily since it is monsoon season and the river has sufficient water for the movement through the temporary jetty.

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The export cargo from India to Bangladesh is mainly fly-ash which is to the tune of 30 lakh MT per annum. Around 638 inland vessels (including 600 Bangladeshi flag vessels) completed with approximately 4,000 loaded voyages annually.

The chief minister on July 23 said that currently the state imports goods worth over Rs 645 crore, with exports at Rs 30 crore. “With the connectivity between the state, in next one year the export is likely to cross Rs 400 cr, and import would be of over Rs 2,000 crore, while in five years the import is likely to cross Rs 4,200 crore mark and export of over Rs 1,200 crore,” Deb added.

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