Govt says Bangla Govt asked for transit to NE states

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New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The Government today said it has regularly raised with the Bangladesh Government the issue of transit by road, train and by riverways to the Northeastern states at various levels.

"While there has been progress with regard to transit via the Padma to Dhubri and beyond along the Brahmaputra, transit through the Barak and other rivers is still to be agreed upon," Minister for Development of Northeastern Region Mani Shankar Aiyar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

Mr Aiyar said for passengers, but not for goods, there was no through traffic but buses ran between Kolkata and Dhaka and between Dhaka and Agartala. However, transit by rail had not been agreed upon so far, he said, adding that "the dialogue is ongoing." UNI SD ARB SSC1551

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