The chief minister of Tripura, a north-eastern state of India, Manik Sarkar asserted that the connectivity with Bangladesh was very important for Tripura as it would help them getting a big market.
“Being a landlocked state, we want to have connectivity to Chittagong port in Bangladesh,” he said in an interview with Indian newspaper Business Standard on December 2, 2016.
“Earlier, we had proposed the Centre to get us linkage with Cox's Bazar (for high-speed internet connectivity) in Bangladesh,” added Mr Sarkar. “ Work on this is on and it will be commissioned in January.”
The Tripura chief minister believed that through this internet connectivity, Tripura would be the "Third Gateway of India" after Mumbai and Chennai. The gateway will help the entire north-east region to link with other countries via the internet. He also said that connectivity is very important for undertaking development, particularly in a landlocked state like Tripura.
“The unscientific Partition of 1947 resulted in the state having only one chicken-neck connectivity via Assam,” he said. “However, things have now started to move in the right direction.”
In reply to a question on inurgency, Mr Sarkar said that it was tackled. “It had ideological, political and developmental aspects and we took a holistic approach,” he added. “To address it, we need to empower the people so that they develop confidence in the government.”
He also mentioned role of Bangladesh government in containing insurgency in Tripura. “The people in our state associated with insurgency had their camps in Bangladesh,” he said. “But the present Bangladesh government is not harbouring them, instead it is taking measures according to its capacity. This is helping us a lot.”
He, however, claimed that at present, there were 17 to 19 insurgent camps in Bangladesh and they had shared their details with the Indian central government, which in turn had intimated Bangladesh.