10 jetties will be constructed on River Gomati from Sunamura-Udaipur. Dredging work on this 40 km long waterway will start soon. About 25 crore rupees has been allotted from the central government for this, stated Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb while interacting with the media in a Mou signing programme for development and maintenance of Inland Water Transport Terminal (IWT) at Srimantapur near Sonamura, Tripura between Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI) and Transport department, Government of Tripura.
The MoU signing programme was held at the conference hall of State Guest House today. At the beginning of the programme, the officials of the concerned department signed the MoU and exchanged the agreement in presence of Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
While responding the media, the Chief Minister expressed, the development of the state’s infrastructure would be much easier if the waterway from Sonamura to Daudkandi in Bangladesh was opened on River Gomati. He said, it costs a lot to bring steel and cement to Tripura through Haldia port at present. In that case, if this waterway opens, the cost will be reduced to a great extent.
Proposal has already been sent to the central government to further expand the waterway connectivity in the coming days by increasing the navigability of the River Howrah and River Deo in the state through dredging. With the opening of Chittagong port, Tripura will in fact become the gateway to the northeastem states through Maitri Setu bridge.
The central and state government are working together in this direction, Several schemes are being implemented in the northeastern states under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this case, work is underway to complete the development work within definite time period.