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12:00 AM, August 18, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 18, 2007

Flood-damaged Akhaura road

Export tumbles, bus service to Agartala stops

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Export though Akhaura land port in Brahmanbaria has tumbled as the Roads and Highway Department has stopped movement of trucks with over seven tones of goods on the flood-damaged road.
DhakaAgartala bus service remains stopped for some days due to lack of adequate passengers.
Yesterday, there was no export of stones, cement and molasses, the main export items, through the land port, sources said.
Due to bad condition of DharkharAkhaura land port road, Roads and Highway Department in the district served a notice earlier barring movement of trucks carrying goods more than seven tones.
Akhaura police enforced the order. As a result, exporters are reluctant to send goods through this land port as carrying only seven tones in a truck causes loss, traders said.
When contacted, Md. Shafiqul Alam, president of Akhaura Land Port Import Export Association, said that they will not export any item if the authorities do not withdraw the restriction not to carry carrying over seven tonens of goods in a truck. Carrying so small quantity causes loss, he said.
Land port official Md. Khurshed Alam said only a small quantity of fish was exported yesterday. No heavy truck reached the land port, he said.
Revenue income has also dwindled as export trough the land port has virtually come to a zero, other sources at the land port said.
Roads and Highways officials however said the damaged portion of the road is being repaired, which may take about two weeks. The restriction will then go.
The land port officials said DhakaAgartala bus service is also stopped due to shortage of passengers.
About one and a half kilometre of the road from Akhaura Bazar to Gazir Bazar has been badly damaged by flood.

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