Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her government’s stance of zero tolerance to terrorism and said no one would be allowed to use Bangladeshi soil to plan insurgency against any country.
The premier made the statement when Manik Dey, minister for power, urban and rural development and transport of the Indian State of Tripura, called on her at her official residence Ganabhaban yesterday, reports UNB.
The PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said the prime minister expressed happiness to know that Bangladesh and India had finalised tariff and other issues on the import of 100MW electricity by Bangladesh from Tripura.
She hoped that both sides will also complete the remaining formalities on power purchase and supply at the earliest time to start the electricity supply.
Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh needs more power to meet the country’s growing demand.
Referring to enclave exchange, the prime minister said the issue has been settled in a peaceful manner.
Bangladesh is now the most attractive destination of investment and her government has undertaken steps to establish 100 economic zones to enhance business and investment in the country, she said.
Hasina also referred to the setting up of border haats in many places across the border with India, saying such move is playing a significant role in boosting bilateral trade.
Putting emphasis on connectivity, she said Bangladesh wants to reopen rail routes connecting Bangladesh and India, which has remained closed since the 1965 India-Pakistan war.
Hasina said her government has taken initiatives to set up dual-gauge rail tracks from Chittagong to Dhaka to make the rail communication more effective.
Highlighting the potentials of Chittagong sea port, she said India could use the port.
The Tripura minister highly appreciated Bangladesh’s impressive success in socioeconomic field under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s dynamic leadership.
“Bangladesh has achieved unprecedented development in road connectivity,” he said. He recalled Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Tripura in January 2012 and her speech at a rally in front of nearly 100,000 people in Agartala.
Manik Dey also mentioned Hasina’s announcement of importing 100MW electricity from Tripura at the rally. “The electricity supply (from Tripura) will start soon,” he said.
The Tripura minister also said the state government is constructing a power plant at Monarchar in Tripura near Bangladesh-India border in Comilla.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad and Power Division Secretary Monwarul Islam were present at the meeting, among others.
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Dhaka Tribune, January 11, 2016