Meghalaya CM stresses for improvement infrastructure

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Shillong, Aug 8 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkumar Roy today stressed the need for improvement of infrastructure by both India and Bangladesh along the international border.

Speaking at a seminar here on ''Look South, Meghalaya perspective'', the chief minister said with the improvement in infrastructure in the field of railway, water and surface communication along the international border with the state would boost trade between the two countries.

Dr Roy said once the infrastructure was improved on both sides of the border, the export import activities like fish, dry fish and jute, coal, limestone and other materials with this northeastern hilly bordering state would increase.

He further said that trade between the state and neighbouring country through land custom stations was Rs 250 crore only while the amount from lan custom in Assam it was Rs 47 crore annually.

The centre's idea of making a road link between this capital city and Bangladesh capital Dhaka was welcomed by the chief minister.

The opposition leader in the state legislative assembly and former chief minister D D Lapang in his addresse said that the state be invovled in the look east policy to opening up trade from the entire northeastern region with South Asian countriesinstead of making it a mere corridor.

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