Improving border infra to further fortify ties with Bangladesh: New Indian envoy

India is developing several projects and improving the border infrastructures to further strengthen its ties with Bangladesh, Indias new High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami said before leaving Agaratala for Dhaka by road on Monday

Oct 06, 2020
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India is developing several projects and improving the border infrastructures to further strengthen its ties with Bangladesh, Indias new High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami said before leaving Agaratala for Dhaka by road on Monday.

"We are building infrastructure to connect India and Bangladesh and to come more close. We have developed this relationship with Bangladesh as it is the most important neighbour of India," he told the media.

"This close relationship has great value for India and Bangladesh. If our connectivity, travel, trade and people to people ties develop, it would be beneficial for both the neighbours," he added.

Doraiswami, who succeeds Riva Ganguly Das as the Indian envoy in Bangladesh, said the northeast region is central to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of stronger, resilient and modern India.  He stepped into Bangladesh across the Tripura border via Brahmanbaria’s Akhaura International Immigration Checkpost on foot before heading for Dhaka from there, bdnews24.com said.

On his three-day visit to Tripura, Doraiswami met Governor Ramesh Bais and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and discussed various issues involving Bangladesh.

He also visited the under-construction 12.23 km India-Bangladesh railway project and inspected several upcoming border projects, including a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Integrated Check Posts (ICP), an under-construction bridge over river Feni in Sabroom in southern Tripura, border trade facilities in Belonia and the India-Bangladesh waterway project in Sonamura in western Tripura.

Former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das left Dhaka for Delhi on Friday after serving one-and-a-half years as the Indian envoy in Dhaka. She will join as Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

To boost trades with Bangladesh, the Indian government has already set up two ICPs in Tripura, in Agartala and Sonamura, two Border Haats (markets) in western and southern Tripura and proposed to set up several such markets along the borders with other northeastern states.
(IANS)

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