|Posted : 07 Jan, 2016 21:48:05
Tripura to play notable role in improving ties with BD: India
Second land customs station opened in Tripura
Tripura will play a remarkable role in improving relations with Bangladesh and be the gateway of India’s corridor with Southeast Asia Indian, said Indian Union Minister of State, Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman.
Mr Sitharaman made the remark while inaugurating a new Land Customs Station at Srimantapur checkpost on Wednesday.
Srimantapur is the second LCS developed by the State Government of Tripura bordering Bangladesh. It would have facilities for fast customs clearance, parking lots for trucks, etc to facilitate two-way trade between India and Bangladesh, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
The minister (independent charge) said the Indian Centre (central government) will ensure construction of altogether eight land customs stations in Tripura along the border with Bangladesh and two of them - at Agartala and Srimantapur - have already come up, Indian media reported on Thursday.
According to officials, the land customs station was built at a cost of Rs 160 million on 2.83 acres of land bordering Comilla district of the neighbouring country, which is almost like an integrated checkpost with facilities like a weighbridge, warehouse, a computerised immigration system, bank with currency exchange facility among others, according to The Telegraph, India.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Industries and Commerce Minister Tapan Chakraborty also spoke on the occasion. People from both sides of the border attended the programme at Srimantapur, according to news agency.
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