Bangladesh envoy to India, Mohammad Imran (middle) in Agartala-Akhaura integrated check post Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The Bangladesh envoy to India, Mohammad Imran on Thursday left for New Delhi after completing his three days visit to Tripura after inspecting the ongoing bilateral projects along the Indo-Bangla border.

Mohammad Imran who arrived here along with his spouse and first secretary of the Bangladesh High Commission to India was received by Assistant High Commissioner in Agartala, Kiriti Chakma at Maharaja Bir Bikram airport, Agartala on October 12 last.

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During his visit, Imran met with the Tripura Governor Ramesh Kumar Bais and chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on a courtesy call and discussed several aspects including trade and partnerships.

The chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has requested Imran, to make efforts in setting up industries of Bangladeshi industrialists in the special economic zone of Sabroom.

“Entrepreneurs from Bangladesh will be given various opportunities including GST exemption for the first 5 years if they go ahead to set up industries in the special economic zone of Sabroom,” Deb said.

Work has been undertaken to set up a railway station, ICP, logistics hub and special economic zone within 4 km of Sabroom. Efforts should be made to ensure that Bangladeshi entrepreneurs come forward to set up industries in the special economic zone being built in Sabroom, Deb told Imran.

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In addition, speedy completion of construction of Agartala-Akhaura rail-link work in Bangladesh, completion of fencing work in some border areas of the state, conversion of Belonia-Feni railway from meter gauge to broad gauge, was also discussed during the meeting.

Later, Imran visited Nischintapur rail yard on the Indo-Bangla international border, 7 km away Agartala, where a station is being built to connect the Akhaura station in Bangladesh. The 15 km long track is targeted to be completed by the end of next year for connecting Bangladesh railways with the railway network in India’s North-East and West Bengal to boost trade and economy, officials said.

Imran also visited the Muhurighat Land Customs Station (LCS) and disputed areas along the Indo-Bangla border in Beonia under South Tripura district. The 4th battalion Bangladesh Border Guards (BBG) commandant Kamlur Jamal highlighted the disputed areas through a map.

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Later the envoy visited the Muhuri Char where he was accompanied by the Gulam Zakaria, Feni districts additional district commissioner in Bangladesh, South Tripura magistrate Debapriya Bardhan among others.

Speaking with reporters, Imran said that the problem related to the disputed land is almost over as both the two nations are working with friendly nature.

“In the past Belonia railway station which was in service had stopped. Many such stations are now being made operational with attempts to connect the two neighbouring nations again. A border haat in Belonia would be opened with mutual efforts from the nation,” Imran said.

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Later, the envoy visited the Feni bridge construction site at Sabroom to review the ongoing work and went on to inspect the site along with the higher official of the state government.

Imran also expressed his gratitude towards the people of Tripura and said that the people of Bangladesh still remember the way people of Tripura stood by us during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.

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