'Tripura to be India's gateway to South-East Asia'

Submitted by Newseditor on Thu, 2016-01-07 13:30 Srimantapur (Agartala): With construction of bridge over river Feni and opening up of the Chittagong Port of Bangladesh, Tripura will not only be India's gateway to South-East Asia but also corridor for the northeast India, said Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman. "After constructing the bridge over river Feni, our connectivity with Chittagong will be established and if it works then freight for all states of the northeast can be sent there and through Tripura supplied to all states," she said after inaugurating the multi-facility 'Integrated Development Complex (IDC)' here, about 65 kms from Agartala to facilitate smooth passage of citizens of India and Bangladesh and improve border trade with the neighbouring nation. "If Tripura becomes the gateway for the north-eastern state then it will not be far that for the 12 Southeast Asian nations - Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos and till far up to Cambodia, to develop economic relation further through the Chittagong port and via Tripura for the northeastern state to establish business connectivity," she said. Sitharaman said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded the highest importance to improve relations with the neighbouring countries and added that this IDC was constructed with an eye to improve relations with neighbouring Bangladesh. The IDC here was built at a cost of Rs. 16 crore on 2.83 acres of land bordering Comilla district of the neighbouring country. The IDC is expected to improve legal trade between Tripura and Bangladesh. Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Industries and Commerce Minister Tapan Chakraborty also spoke on the occasion. (ANI)