Tripura had only one lifeline during the left regime but the state is now being connected with seven lifelines. Be it airways, roadways or waterways, the communication system in Tripura is improving.
In this context, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has on Thursday extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing such facilities to Tripura in just two years.
The Chief Minister has received the first transit cargo that arrived at Akhaura ICP following India-Bangladesh Coastal Agreement. The transit cargo had arrived from Haldia Port via Chittagong Port of Bangladesh. It was a long-standing demand of India for using Chittagong Port since 1965 which became fulfilled now. It would benefit both India and Bangladesh specially the North East region including Tripura.
While welcoming the transit cargo the Chief Minister said that the state would reach the peak of development under the leadership of BJP-IPFT Government.
The Chief Minister said that both Tripura and Bangladesh would be benefited following the development in terms of transit cargo.
“There was a time when Tripura had only one lifeline to be connected with the other parts of the country. The lifeline (long stretch from Churaibari) used to turn unfit for movement during rainy seasons. As a result, the goods-laden lorries coming from other states had been facing serious problem and it had an impact on the markets across Tripura. After formation of the new government, the renovation of Assam-Agartala national highway brought respite among the people”, the Chief Minister said.
He said the state has also registered major development in train services. There was a time when the train service was available up to Kumarghat, that too was meter-gauge. Apart from conversion of meter-gauge to broad-gauge track, the rail network has now reached Sabroom. Besides, the works for Agartala-Akhuara rail link project are also going on in full swing.
Meanwhile, Tripura has witnessed a historic moment with arrival of the first transit cargo.
Earlier, the goods used to reach Tripura from Haldia by covering 1600 KM route. Now, the distance for transit cargo has come down to only 600 KM that included 400 KM waterways and 200 KM roadways. Once the Feni Bridge project is completed, the distance of roadways would further reduce to only 60 KM.
He said the India-Bangladesh Protocol Route would become operational soon. The process is being delayed as there is a problem in crossing the bridges following rise in water level of the rivers in Comilla district of Bangladesh. Besides, the Chief Minister, referring to Maharaja Bir Bikram airport, said total 18 flights connect the state with some big cities of the country.
The Chief Minister said the transit cargo that arrived in the city on Thursday seven Rs. 50,000. Earlier, the transport cost for covering 1600 KM distance was Rs. 6300 per MT goods. Now, the cost has come down to Rs. 5800 per MT goods. The state is saving Rs. 500 for carrying per MT goods. Once the transportation of goods is started through Feni bridge project, this amount would increase to Rs. 600. It would help reduce prices of various commodities.
The Chief Minister in his speech mentioned that Tripura exports goods of Rs. 30 crore to Bangladesh and imports goods of Rs. 654 crore at present. He also expressed hope that the amount of export would increase to Rs. 400 crore and import would cross Rs. 2000 crore in one year while the figures after five years would stand at Rs. 1200 crore and 4200 crore respectively.
The Chief Minister said HIRA model for overall growth of the state is now being developed to HIRA plus following which the state would have financial benefits apart from employment generation scopes. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has extended his gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government for its active role in state’s development.