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Tripura's CM urges Modi to improve relations with Bangladesh

Pallab Bhattacharya, New Delhi

Tripura's Chief Minister Manik Sarkar met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged the latter to further improve relations with Bangladesh for better connectivity and development of the state.
The meeting between the two took place in New Delhi on Friday, the state government said in a yesterday.
“Prior to the partition, Tripura was seamlessly connected to India through Bangladesh by road, rail and waterways, which needs to be restored. There is an urgent need for transit and transshipment facility through Bangladesh,” the statement quoted Sarkar as saying in his written memorandum given to Modi.
“Government of India may persuade Bangladesh government for allowing multi modal transportation of goods through Bangladesh with Ashuganj as the port of call including related infrastructure development and access to Chittagong port,” he said.
Sarkar said towns in Tripura were connected by railway network with erstwhile East Pakistan and Agartala itself was serviced by Akhaura railway station. “Bangladesh may be pursued to take all necessary actions and the railway ministry may take up this reconstruction work with highest priority.”
He also drew Modi's attention to the poor telecom services in the region and demanded latest equipment and technology and alternative telecom routing to Tripura through Bangladesh.
“Alternative telecom routing through Akhaura to Agartala as well as internet connectivity through Cox's Bazar (in Bangladesh) may be pursued with Bangladesh authorities vigorously for improving telecommunication facilities in the North-eastern region, including Tripura.”

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, August 10, 2014

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