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Dredging work to be undertaken in Bangladesh

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 of elders.


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