India will gain access to use Bangladesh’s territory to transport 25,000 tones rice  from Kolkata to Tripura on humanitarian ground.

The Decision was taken at the high level meeting of Shipping Ministry and is just waiting for the green light by Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Once the PM will approve the proposal all the neighboring countries will be intimated soon.

Similar decision was taken by Bangladesh to allow India to transport the 10,000 tonnes of rice last year in July to its north-eastern state of Tripura.

The action was taken after India has wrote a letter to Bangladesh requesting Bangladesh to allow India to use its territories to supply 35,000 tones to Tripura via Bangladesh.

Of 35,000 tonnes of rice, 25,000 tones will be transported after the approval of PM Sheikh Hasina and remaining 10,000 tonnes would be transport soon after the latest transit arrangement.

The rice will be shipped from waterways by Bangladeshi Ships from Kolkata in India to Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh.From here, rice will be reached Agartala through Brahmanaria and Akhaura land ports in Bangladeshi covered vans.

Official from National Board of Revenue said that India pays an annual fee to Bangladesh for using its territory. This fee will be used as the arrangement of transit facility and the transportation Bangladesh’s vans would make a money for Bangladesh market.

The roadway from Ashuganj to Akhaura needs reconstruction as it is not fit for heavy vehicles and Bangladesh will request India to finance Bangladesh for its maintenance and re-construction. The estimated cost for the construction work is Tk 1,700 crore said a shipping ministry official.

The earlier holding of present government has allowed to transport heavy equipment for Palatana power plant in India through the Bangladesh territory.

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