Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb at Sabroom unveiling foundation stone of special economic zone. Credit: File Image

Agartala: Nine months after the central government sanctioned Rs 365 crore for setting up an integrated check post (ICP) at Sabroom in the South district of Tripura, the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved Rs 90.60 crore for land acquisition by the land port authority of India (LPAI) on Tuesday.

In a letter written by Ajay Kumar Shah, section officer BM-II division-LPAI informed that Rs 90.60 crore has been sanctioned by the union home ministry for the acquisition of land.

“…Department of expenditure (DoE) has given approval for incurring expenditure of Rs 90.60 Crore for the acquisition of land by LPAI for setting up of Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Sabroom, South Tripura on Indo-Bangladesh Border,” the letter reads.

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He also informed that the proposal has been approved by DoE because sufficient funds are available under the Budget Head “grants-in-aid for creation of capital assets” in 2020-21.

Meanwhile, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb in a social media post said that Tripura has taken another step in the path of development. The union home ministry has sent Rs 90.60 crore for an integrated check post in Sabroom. This integrated check post is set to become a milestone in Indo-Bangladesh bilateral relations. Sabroom’s ICP will also play a significant role in the economic development of Tripura.

“On behalf of the people of Tripura, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji and Union Home Minister Amit Shahji. Tripura is moving towards development in the direction of the Prime Minister. We are on the way towards becoming self-reliant. Tripura will be able to reach the desired goal only with the cooperation of the central government and the overall participation of the people of the state”, he said.

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Alongside the ICP, Sabroom will also have a special economic zone (SEZ) which is being set up at Paschim Jalefa in Sabroom sub-division of South Tripura district.

The SEZ would generate 5,000 jobs for the unemployed youths while it is estimated that more than 12,000 skilled workers will be given opportunity and work. The logistic hub is likely to be set up at an expense of Rs 2,000 crores.

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