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Centre approves 2nd ICP for Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

The Centre has approved the government's proposal for setting up a second Integrated Check Post (ICP) and two new border 'haats' in the state to improve trade and bilateral relations with neighbouring Bangladesh, an said on Tuesday.

The decision was taken during an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by the of the (MHA)in on Monday, Special Secretary, Industries and Commerce of Tripura, told

The Land Port Authority of (LPI) would construct the at Sabroom sub-division in South and this will be the second along the Indo-Bangla border in the state after Akhaura here, which was set up in 2013.

Gitte, who represented in the meeting said, the two border 'haats' (markets) would also be set up at Raghna in district bordering district and Ghosh Khamar in district bordering Feni district of

The ICP project would be directly monitored by the (PMO) due to its geo-political importance, the said.

The had sent the ICP proposal to the MHA for linking the bridge on river Feni with Chittagong division of the neighbouring country in 2016.

The Chittagong port, considered one of the best ports in south-east Asia, is about 70 km from the bridge that connects Tripura with

and Commerce Department has already identified 49 acres, including 9 acres of government land, for setting up the ICP at Sabroom.

The first border 'haat' was set up at in Sabroom in January, 2015 and the second border 'haat' was set up at Kamalasagar in district in June, 2015.

Business takes place in the 'haats' once a week with people living within 5 km radius of the border selling and buying locally produced goods and crops.

No local taxes on the products are collected from the items sold in the 'haats'.

Meanwhile, Indian High in Dhaka, Riva Ganguli met Tripura Chief Minister, here on Monday and discussed issues such as trade and commerce and connectivity between and

"We discussed how to increase trade and commerce between and Bangladesh and improve connectivity between Bangladesh and Tripura," Ganguly told reporters on Monday.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 15:11 IST