A high-level team of the Inland
Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) would visit Tripura on
December 26 to conduct a survey and decide on the location for
a jetty for a new waterway connecting India and Bangladesh,
the state government said Wednesday.
The new Indo-Bangla waterway has been proposed between
Ashuganj river port in eastern Bangladesh and Sonamura in
Sipahijala district of Tripura through rivers Gomati and
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb met Union
Minister Nitin Gadkari at New Delhi on the issue on Tuesday.
"It was decided that a high ranking team from IWAI
would visit Tripura on 26th and 27th December, 2018 and decide
on the location of the jetty/finalize the location of land for
the project of inland waters in Gomati river from Tripura to
Bangladesh," a government statement said.
Sources in the Chief Ministers Office (CMO) said,
Sonamura, which is about 60 km from here, was initially chosen
as the location for the jetty and a preliminary survey was
also conducted by the state government.
However, it was up to the IWAI officials to decide,
Last month, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had said a
new waterway would come up within six months for movement of
container ships between Sonamura and Ashuganj river port.
Once it was completed, goods to the state would
directly reach Sonamura town from Bangladesh easily, Deb had
The central government would soon start dredging
Gomati river on the Indian side for the new waterway to
connect Ashuganj port on Meghna river covering about 60 km, he
The secretary to the department of shipping of the
central government had recently visited the state and
inspected the sites. The official had told the state
government that dredging of Gomati river and construction of a
small river port would be completed in less than six months.
Tripura shares a 856 km border with Bangladesh.
Kolkata is 645 km by road via Assam from here and if the new
waterway is built, it would ease transportation of goods and
the distance would be reduced to half.
Indo-Bangla connectivity would also considerably ease
connectivity in the route.
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