CM pushes Indo-Bangla inland waterway project

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, June 12 2019: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has asked Transport department to have meeting with the authority of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to push the ambitious Indo-Bangla inland waterway project.

The waterway project is mulled to connect Tripura's Gomati river with Meghna of Bangladesh to get access of Ashuganj port for goods transportation.

At a planning department's meeting, the Chief Minister was briefed about the report of Joint Technical Committee's finding on the 15-km inland waterway project. The report suggested a total of 15-km stretch needs to be taken up for dredging to operationalize the proposed waterway.

Of the total 15-km stretch, around 13 km of Bangladesh part needs to be dredged while dredging for only 3 km is prescribed for Indian side to sail small and medium size vessels.

"The Chief Minster was briefed on the report of Joint Technical Committee prepared based on the hydrographic study carried out  on March 12 and 13", said Transport Secretary L. Darlong here today.

He said the Chief Minister is keen to operationalize the waterway project at the earliest as it could be a game changer in the state's communion system.


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