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Union Shipping Minister flags off first containership from Kolkata Port to Agartala via Chattagram port

Union Shipping Minister flags off first containership from Kolkata Port to Agartala via Chattagram port

Kolkata, Jul 16 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya today

flagged off the first trial container ship from Kolkata to Agartala through Chattagram

Port of Bangladesh in a virtual ceremony.

This has been done under the agreement on use of Chattogram and Mongla Ports for

movement of India’s transit cargo through Bangladesh.

Mr Mandaviya said the route will open doors of new opportunities for both the countries.

It will provide the alternative and shorter route to connect the North East Region through

Bangladesh.

Mr Mandaviya said that this was a historic move to utilize Chattogram and Mongla Port

for movement of India’s transit cargo.

It will be a new chapter in India-Bangladesh maritime relations, he added.

The consignment of the trial movement includes two TEUs carrying TMT steel bars

destined for West Tripura district and two TEUs carrying pulses destined for Karimganj,

Assam.

After reaching Chattogram, the consignment will move to Agartala on Bangladeshi

trucks.

The trial runs highlight the efforts that both sides have undertaken to strengthen the

connectivity between Bangladesh and the North Eastern states of India, as per the

understanding reached between the two countries at the highest level during the visit

of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in October 2019, when the Standard Operating

Procedures for the use of Chattagram and Mongla ports for movement of goods to

and from India, were concluded.

This movement further strengthens the long standing partnership between India and

Bangladesh.

It will reduce distance and time taken in transportation of goods for India and is a

win-win for both the economies.

Job creation, investment in the logistical sector, enhanced business services and

revenue generation are advantages that will accrue to Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi vessels and trucks will be utilized to move the Indian cargo.

India and Bangladesh have enhanced cooperation in shipping and inland water trade

in the recent years.

Under the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade, in addition to the six existing

Ports of Call, five more in each country have been added recently.

Dredging of inland waterway routes is ongoing under an MoU, signed by the two

countries on development of fairway in selected stretches of Bangladesh waterways

with the Government of India bearing 80 per cent of the project expenditure and the

balance being borne by the Government of Bangladesh.

Cruise services have also commenced between the two countries promoting tourism

and people to people contacts.

UNI PC BM

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