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Bangla port will help movement of goods to North East

A major push has been given to bilateral ties with neighbouring Bangladesh with the country allowing its premier ports Chattogram (Chittagong) and Mongla for movement of goods to and from India. 

Eight routes provided under the agreement 

Specific amendments were effected to the protocol on Inland water transit and trade to enable movement of goods in Bangladesh through waterways, rail, road or multi modal transport. 

Eight routes are provided under the agreement which would enable access to Indian goods to North east region through Bangladesh. 

Agreed routes include Chattogram/Mongla Port to Agartala via Akhura

Chattogram/Mongla Port to Dawki via Tamabil

Chattogram/Mongla Port to Sutarkandi via Sheola

Chattogram/Mongla Port to Srimantpur via Bibirbazar

(and vice versa) 

Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT)

PIWTT is for mutually beneficial arrangement for the use of waterways for commerce and passage of goods between two places in one country through the territory of the other. 

First protocol signed in 1972 a year after its liberation from Pakistan 

The First protocol between India and Bangladesh was signed in 1972 a year after its liberation from Pakistan. Present protocol agreement valid up to 6th June 2020, There is provision for automatic renewal after 5 years, co-terminus with Trade Agreement 

Specific inland water routes covered under the existing protocol include

i.Kolkata – Silghat           : ~1720 km

ii.Kolkata – Karimganj       : ~1318 km

iii.Silghat – Karimganj       : ~1416 km

iv. Dhulian – Rajshahi       : ~78 km

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