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India-Bangladesh border trade, connectivity reviewed

IANS  |  Agartala 

Indian to on Monday met Kumar and discussed connectivity and trade-related issues between the north-eastern state and

"We have discussed trade and connectivity-related issues and projects. has a significant role in increasing trade and improve connectivity between and Bangladesh," the Indian told reporters after the meeting with the

She said the number of 'border haats' (markets) in would be doubled from two. In the border haats, vendors from and are allowed to sell local produce without any kind of duty or tax.

To improve the livelihood of people on the border, and Bangladesh (since 2011) have set up two haats in Tripura and

"We also discussed ways to further improve people-to-people contacts. The ongoing connectivity projects will take some time," said Das, who took charge as of India to Bangladesh in March.

The Indian arrived here on Monday on a two-day visit to the bordering north-eastern state. She also visited the under-construction Agartala-Akhaura (Bangladesh) 15-km and the integrated check post.

The state-run (Ircon) is laying the 5-km track on the Indian side and the remaining 10-km rail would be laid by the Bangladesh railways. India will bear the entire cost of the rail project.

The Rs 963 crore ($145 million) project was finalised during a meeting between Bangladesh Sheikh and in in January 2010.

The Agartala-Akhaura rail link is likely to become operational within a year.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 19:22 IST