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New waterways to connect India with Bangladesh: Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

Bangladesh and India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to connect the North-Eastern states and West Bengal with Bangladesh through new waterways, Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said.

"The new waterways would enable transportation of people and goods by ships. They would be set up by using the major rivers of Bangladesh, West Bengal and the Brahmaputra in Assam," the Union minister of state for road transport, highways and shipping told newsmen during his visit to Tripura.

He added that the rivers would have to be dredged and both the countries would do the work in their respective rivers.

The new project would be operational this year itself and would boost the goods and passenger movement between the two countries

India and Bangladesh share a 4,095-km border, of which 1,116 km is through rivers.

He said for the Narendra Modi government, the 'Look East, act East' policy was very important and it planned to build more infrastructure and institutions in the region, so that it could "catch up" with the rest of the country.

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