Source: News Bharati English19 Aug 2016 15:07:53

Dhaka, August 19: Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) inked a pact on Thursday in Dhaka with the Roads and Highways Department of People's Republic of Bangladesh. The MoU was signed allows IOCL to send its trucks carrying Motor Spirit, High Speed Diesel, and Superior Kerosene Oil & Liquefied Petroleum Gas from Meghalaya to Tripura via territory of Bangladesh. The validity of this facility is till end September 2016.
Both sides have also agreed to extend the transit facility for a further short period on need basis. The work on the broad gauging of the railway track in the North-Eastern region has shifted the goods vehicle traffic on to the roads. Also, due to heavy downpours, NH 44 and other roads have been affected resulting in non-plying of goods trucks, including those carrying petroleum goods to Tripura. This followed the scarcity of essential petroleum goods in the region.

"Based on the request by the Government of India, the Government of Bangladesh has granted permission for the movement of petroleum goods on humanitarian grounds through the territory of Bangladesh till September 2016," High Commission of India here said in a statement. "The Bangladesh Government, given the friendly, multi-dimensional and expanding bilateral relations between the two countries, agreed to India’s request for facilitation of the movement of IOCL trucks carrying petroleum goods to Tripura through its territory", the Ministry said.