Even amidst the grand battle against Covid-19 which has brought economies across the world to a screeching halt, India and Bangladesh have expanded the scope of river cargo transportation by adding five more ports to the existing inland waterways protocol. Last Wednesday, the fresh agreement signed between the two countries have added five new ports of call in Bangladesh: Rajshahi, Sultanganj, Chilmari, Daudkandi and Bahadurabad. From the Indian side, the ports which will now also facilitate river transportation between the two countries are: Dhulian, Maia, Kolaghat, Sonamura and Jogigopha.
The operationalization of Rajshahi-Dhulian-Rajshahi Routes and their extension up to Aricha (270 km) will help the augmentation of infrastructure in Bangladesh as it would reduce the transportation cost of stone chips/aggregate to northern part of Bangladesh through this route. It will also decongest the Land Custom Stations on both sides, an official release maintained.
The 2nd Addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade was signed at Dhaka on 20th May, 2020 by the HE High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh on behalf of the Republic of India; and by Secretary (Shipping) on behalf of People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
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