Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is keen to operationalize the Indo-Bangla waterway project as soon as possible as it could be a game changer in the states communication system.
According to officials, the proposed waterway project will connect Tripura’s Gomati River with Meghna River of Bangladesh to get access to Ashuganj port of the neighbouring country.
It has been said that at present, ships and steamers ply from Haldia in West Bengal to Dawodkandi in Bangladesh which is 80km from Tripura’s Sonamura sub-division in Sepahijala district.
Transport Secretary L Darlong said that the Chief Minister was briefed about the report of the Joint Technical Committees finding on the 15-km inland waterway project at a meeting on Tuesday. The report suggested dredging work on a 15-km stretch to operationalize the proposed waterway.
The official further informed that of the 15 kilometres, around 13 kilometres need to be dredged on the Bangladesh side and the rest on the Indian part to allow small-medium sized vessels.
Darlong further stated that the report of the Joint Technical Committee was based on the hydrographic study carried out on March 12 and 13.
After the Tripura CM has been briefed about the project, he asked the transport department to hold a meeting with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to give a big push to the ambitious waterway project. The transport secretary further said that he will take up the issue with the IWAI to get the project done at the earliest.
Darlong also reiterated that since the state has limited resources, they are of the opinion that the Centre must come forward to incur the expenditure to undertake the dredging.