Bhutan transit takes shape | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 17, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 17, 2011

Bhutan transit takes shape

Bangladesh plans an exclusive waterway transit for Bhutan as a committee prepares the final documents to give transit facilities to neighbouring countries.
A senior member of the transit sub-committee said they are considering potential routes which could be included for regional connectivity, besides the conventional routes.
A waterway transit for Bhutan from Bangladesh's Doikhawa border under Lalmonirhat district is likely, he said. This is a potential transit route for Bhutan, as the country is eager to use Mongla Port, he added.
"We have already identified major conventional transit routes for India, Nepal and Bhutan. Now we are spotting new routes for them. We are also planning for a railway transit among the South Asian nations," the member said, asking not to be named.
Studies are still progressing on transit fees and infrastructures, he said. All five sub-committees are preparing the final report to submit to the government but he did not mention when it would be submitted.
Earlier, the government formed five sub-committees on December 13, assigning five specialists to give their input to Mojibur Rahman, chief of the core committee, who is also the chairman of Bangladesh Tariff Commission.
M Rahmatullah, former director of UN-ESCAP, is assigned to identify transit routes, infrastructures, investment and cost recovery and Hussein Ahmed, member of National Board of Revenue, is in charge of estimation of transit traffic, fees and charges.
Sadik Ahmed, executive director of Policy Research Institute, is convening the economic analysis, and Mustafizur Rahman, executive director of Centre for Policy Dialogue, is assigned to review key issues of transit and related international protocols.
Hussein Ahmed was also assigned on legal issues, including security, monitoring, anti-smuggling measures, international practices, domestic obligations and related matters.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed the joint communiqué for regional transit including Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan on her visit to India last January.

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