Agartala, Jul 8: Tripura Commerce Minister Jitendra Choudhury has urged the Bangladesh business delegation to press their government to upgrade the existing Land Custom Stations (LCS) and set up more business facilitating infrastructure across the border.
Addressing the Indo-Bangladesh exporters and importers meeting at the Muhurighat LAC in South Tripura yesterday, Mr Choudhury said the Indian government had already modernised five of the seven LCS and the rest would be come into operation soon.
He added that there was no upgradation of facilities in the Bangladesh side, which was adversely affecting the business between two countries.
He urged the Bangladesh representatives to seriously take up the issue with their government for increasing the volume of business with Northeast India especially Tripura as well as to take initiative to set up retail business among the small agrarian community and buyers from both sides of the border.
Mr Choudhury also pointed out that the Tripura government was interested to facilitate business and logistics to mainstream states of India through Bangladesh and use Chittagong seaport for other South East Asian countries and assured that the Muhurighat LAC would be operationalised soon.
Altogether 23 delegates of Bangladesh, led by president of Feni Chamber of Commerce Hajji Alauddin, and 27 representatives of Northeast Chamber of Commerce, led by its senior member M L Debnath, attended the meet, besides officials of Tripura government.
Meanwhile, speaking at the meeting, Mr Alauddin asserted that the Bangladesh government was also keen to maintain friendly relations with India and strengthen business ties with Northeastern states of India and they would apprise the outcome in detail to the Bangladesh government.