Agartala-Akhaura Railway link will remove geographical isolation, says Goyal

The Minister for Commerce & Industry, Textiles, Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal has said the North-East can emerge as a hub for rubber production. Shri Goyal said the Central Government has planned rubber plantations on a total of 2 lakh hectares in the NE states over 5 years. Addressing the ‘Destination Tripura – Investment Summit’ through video conferencing today, he said Tripura is the second largest producer of rubber in the country with 30,000 ha cultivation. The Minister called upon the State Government to be the first off the block and take advantage as the early harvester to expand rubber plantations in the state.

Shri Goyal applauded the development journey of Tripura under the able leadership of the Chief Minister Shri Biplab Kumar Deb. “The state government has been working tirelessly giving priority to 3 ‘N’s in administration, namely Niyat, Niti & Niyam,” said Shri Goyal, adding, “Tripura is the 4th literate state in the NE, has a thriving handlooms industry, 1.36 lakh weavers in Tripura, Tripura jackfruit has been exported to London.”

Shri Goyal said the Centre is encouraging usage of Agro-textiles & Geotechnical textiles in the NE region through its dedicated schemes. “With improved connectivity through Air, Rail, Road & Waterways, the so called geographical isolation of the State is a thing of the past. The state is an integral part of multimodal connectivity now,” he said.

Shri Goyal said the cross-border Agartala-Akhaura (Bangladesh) rail project worth Rs.972 crore will help promote exports. “With Agartala airport emerging as the 2nd busiest airport in the NE region, Tripura will act as a Gateway to the North East,” he said.

Lauding the state government’s initiatives for Investment Promotion including the single window portal- SWAAGAT, Capital subsidy (30%), Power subsidy (50%), full reimbursement of State GST and 4% interest subvention, Shri Goyal termed it as “one of best investment packages in the country.” Stating that the Investment Summit will help Tripura realise its true potential, Shri Goyal hoped the Conference will help investors become partners in the development journey of the state.

Expressing his shock and condolences on the untimely demise of CDS, General Bipin Rawat, Shri Goyal quoted him, “We seek neither कृतज्ञता (gratitude) nor तालियाँ (applause) because we firmly believe in “ख़ामोशी से बनाते रहो पहचान अपनी, हवाये खुद तुम्हारा तराना गाएंगी !” (We seek neither gratitude nor applause; through silence let us make ourselves known, the whole world will come at your feet on their own.”

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