Aizawl, July 9: With an aim to facilitate trade and improve communication between India and Bangladesh, the two neighbours have decided to construct a bridge over Mizoram’s Khawthlangtuipui River informed official on Saturday.
Mizoram Industries and Commerce Department Director J. Hmingthanmawia said: “Officials of India and Bangladesh held a meeting on Friday evening at Tlabung town of Mamit district and discussed to speed up the works for the proposed bridge between the two countries across Khawthlangtuipui River which is also known as Karnaphuli river”. Several bilateral issues were also discussed in the meeting, he added.
Bangladeshi official Rowshan Ara Khanam who led Bangladesh delegation stated, “The proposed bridge would be an important linkage between India and Bangladesh. The Bangladesh government has taken a number of steps to make it a reality”. Khanam also maintained that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had given the approval to construct the bridge and link roads.
The Mamit district of Mizoram is adjacent to Khagrachari district of Chittagong Hill tracts located at south-east Bangladesh.
Addressing the meeting, Railway's advisor Dibbanjan Roy noted that the bridge would not only improve road connectivity between the two regions but also strengthen the ties between the people of the two countries living both sides of the borders.
During the meeting, it has also been proposed that the location of the bridge should be close as possible to the nearest land customs station in the Bangladesh side.
Both the countries official inspected the possible locations where the bridge is meant to be constructed. Mizoram shares a 318 km unfenced border with Bangladesh.