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Ex CM Biplab Kumar Deb demands immediate operation of Maitri Bridge


By TC News Desk

Agartala: December 20. In the winter session of Parliament, former Chief Minister and MP of Rajya Sabha in Tripura Biplab Kumar Deb has raised demand to immediate operationalize of Indo-Bangladesh Maitri Bridge in South district of Tripura which built on the Feni river.

Deb has expressed hope that if this Maitri bridge is opened, the entire northeastern states including Tripura will benefit and economic activities between the two countries will increase.

MP Deb further said that on March 9, 2021, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, virtually inaugurated the Maitri bridge built on the Feni river connecting India and Bangladesh. But the land custom station of Bangladesh is not yet operational. Due to which the benefits of this very important project are not available.

It is said that the state government has approached the Ministry of External Affairs in this regard, but the Maitri Setu is yet to open.

“All necessary arrangements have already been made from the Indian side. But as the work of Land Custom Station on Bangladesh side is still incomplete, Maitri Setu cannot be opened”, said Deb.

In consultation with the Bangladesh government, Deb has requested to remove the obstacles on that side so that at least initially passenger movement can be started.

“Due to non-operation of India-Bangladesh Maitri Bridge, despite permission to use Chittagong and Mongla ports, Tripura is unable to take advantage of this SOP”, he said.

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