India and Bangladesh have
decided to undertake dredging in two stretches of the Protocol routes to enable
round the year navigation to facilitate movement of cargo vessels between two
countries, Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya informed the
Rajya Sabha on December 19th.
In a written answer given
in the upper house of Parliament, the minister said the stretches include
Zakignaj-Ashuganj of Kushiyara river and Siranjganj-Daikowa of the Jamuna river
in Bangladesh. The decision to undertake dredging work in these two stretches
was taken at the meeting of the Shipping Secretaries of both the countries held
at Dacca on December seventh.
Both the countries have
agreed to adopt a cost sharing ratio of eighty per cent for India and twenty
per cent for Bangladesh. The dredging operation is envisaged to be executed
jointly by the governments of the two countries the minister informed the house