NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a bridge connecting India with Bangladesh today. Modi said while opening the bridge via video conferencing, “This connectivity has not only strengthened the friendship between India and Bangladesh, but also proves to be a strong link of business too, The entire region is being developed as a trade corridor between northeast India and Bangladesh,”.
According to an official statement issued by Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Maitri Setu (Friendship Bridge) symbolizes growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between two countries. The 1.9-kilometer-long (around 1.2 miles) bridge joins Sabroom town in India with Ramgarh town in Bangladesh. The opening of the bridge will lead to a new era of trade and people-to-people movements between the two countries.
With this inauguration, Tripura is set to become the “gateway of northeast” with access to Bangladesh’s Chittagong port, which is just 80 km (49.7 mi) from Sabroom, the statement said. Modi highlighted that the rail and water connectivity projects that have been realized in recent years have been strengthened by this bridge. “This will improve the connectivity of south Assam, Mizoram, and Manipur along with Tripura with Bangladesh and Southeast Asia,” he said.
Efforts are under way to connect the Chittagong port with northeast India through an alternative river route, he said, adding that the integrated checkpoint in Sabroom will work as a full-fledged logistic hub with warehouses and container trans-shipment facilities. (Anadolu Agency)