Reopen Mogholhat checkpoint to facilitate easy travel
The speakers at a meeting yesterday called on the government to take proper steps to reopen the Mogholhat Land Customs Checkpoint at Sadar upazila to facilitate their easy travel to the neighbouring country India for various purposes.
Presidium member of Jatiya Party GM Quader, now the civil aviation and tourism minister, during his pre-election rally at Mogholhat ground promised that if the grand alliance forms government, Mogholhat checkpoint will be reopened, they added.
The speakers further said that the people in the district are eagerly waiting to see the implementation of the minister's election pledge.
Speaking at the roadside meeting organised by the local grand alliance committee at Mogholhat bazaar, the minister said, “I will implement my commitment. It is now my number one duty.”
Mogholhat checkpoint became inoperative following the unilateral decision of the Indian government to close dawn its customs office at Gidaldah under Dinhata Police Station of Kuchbihar district in West Bengal in 1996.
A large number of people of both the countries used to travel through the checkpoint until it is closed down. Many people of the district intending to go to India for treatment and a reunion with their close relatives across the border have been facing various problems after its closure.
Talking to this correspondent, some locals said the government should hold bilateral talks with India to reopen the customs checkpoints at both sides.
Many people of Lalmonirhat and other districts from across the country have relatives in West Bengal and other areas in India, they pointed out.
Mogholhat Union Parishad Chairman Habibur Rahman said the checkpoint is the route for an easy travel for people. It is nearest than other checkpoints in Kuchbihar, Shiliguri, Jalpaiguri and West Bengal.
The authorities of Lalmonirhat customs and DC office said there is no scope for reopening Mogholhat checkpoint if the Indian government does not reopen the checkpoint at their side at Gidaldah.