By Pinaki Das
Agartala, May 30 : A six-member team of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce visited the Akhaura Land Custom station here and met with officials and the business community.
The team, including seven MPs led by former Minister and Convenor of the Committee, Kashiram Rana, arrived here from Guwahati to inspect the flow of border trade between India and Bangladesh and to review infrastructure in Tripura, including the Agartala airport.
The team interacted with trade groups of the stat. They also examined problems hampering the progress of trade between both countries.
They also met representatives of citizens' groups and community leaders during their stay. Meetings with representatives of the Indo-Myanmar Border Trade Union, the Border Trade Chamber of Commerce, Manipur and the Indo-Myanmar Exim Association at Imphal were also held.
The team will place its report in the floor of the Parliament with necessary suggestions for improvement of import and export through this region after its return to New Delhi today.
Meanwhile, importers and exporters of Agartala have stopped trade through the Akhaura land port in protest against the Bangladesh Government's slow progress in improving road conditions.
Manish Biswas, an importer, said that road conditions on the India side were far better than in Bangladesh.
"Bangladesh does not have the necessary infrastructure including parking place, dumping place and proper banking facility. A stretch of 16 km single lane road between the Akhuara landport and Darkha is in very bad condition which needs immediate renovation before the rainy season if trade has to continue," Biswas added.