Agartala: Tripura MP Rebati Tripura has written Union Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal, demanding setting up of land custom station (LCS) at Raishyabari in Dhalai district of Tripura.
In his letter to Goyal, Rebati, who represents East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency in the Lok Sabha, said the setting up of LCS along the India-Bangladesh border in Dhalai would grant access to the people of Bangladesh to visit the Dumboor Mela, which takes place on Makar Sankranti.
“Dumboor fair is organised every year in Raishyabari, which is also known as Sankranti fair and it attracts lakhs of tourists from around the region…if Land Custom Station (LCS) is established in Raishyabatri, Dumboor fair will get international flair and would be immensely beneficial from a commercial perspective and also strengthen economic aspects of the state,” Rebati wrote in his letter to the union minister.
He also said that the Chittagong Port is located in Bangladesh and falls near the Indo-Bangla border in Raishyabari area in Dhalai district.
The Dumboor Mela is organised in the month of January by the state government in coordination with the tribal communities of the state.
Every year, devotees take a holy dip in the water of Dumboor Lake at Tirthamukh on Makar Sankranti. The lake was created artificially to hold water for production power in the Gomati hydro-electric power project.
At present, Tripura has a total of eight LCS, two border haats — at Sepahijala and South Tripura district — and one integrated check post operational with the neighbouring Bangladesh, which shares a 856-km long border with Tripura from three sides.
Earlier, Rebati met with the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi and demanded extra budget for the poll-bound Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).