India, Bangladesh sign agreements to boost waterways connectivity

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India and Bangladesh on Thursday consented to three arrangements, including one to utilize Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for merchandise development, for upgrading inland and seaside conduits availability between the two nations.

The two nations additionally marked a standard working system (SOP) for development of traveler and journey administrations. They likewise marked an addendum to Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between for incorporation of Dhubri in India and Pangaon in Bangladesh as new ports of call, Shipping Secretary Gopal Krishna told correspondents here.

Amid the secretary level talks headed by Krishna and his Bangladesh partner Md. Abdus Samad, the opposite sides likewise finished the SOP for development of travelers and journey vessels on inland convention course and beach front transportation courses which would empower stream voyage benefits between Kolkata-Dhaka-Guwahati-Jorhat and back.

“These understandings will encourage simpler development of merchandise and travelers between the two nations, giving an impulse to exchange and tourism,” he said.

The opposite sides likewise consented to incorporate Rupnarayan stream (National Waterway-86) from Geonkhali to Kolaghat in the convention course and to announce Kolaghat in West Bengal and Chilmari in Bangladesh as new ports of call.

“The new course of action will encourage development of fly cinder, bond and development materials from India to Bangladesh on Rupnarayan waterway,” the Secretary said.

He included that the two nations had additionally touched base at a consent to open another course to arrive bolted Tripura by making Gomti and Haora streams traversable for which digging would be required in 20 kms on Indian side and 75-80 kms in Bangladesh side.

“Time-bound specialized investigations would be embraced by the two nations,” he said.

Preceding the secretary-level talks, the nineteenth version of the Standing Committee meeting under ‘Convention on Inland Water Transit and Trade’ (PIWTT) between abnormal state designations of the two nations were hung on Wednesday.

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