Agartala, July 31 (ANI): Tripura Chamber of Commerce and Industries (TCCI) President ML Debnath has said that Bangladesh wanted a corridor through West Bengal to revive bilateral trade with Nepal and Bhutan.
Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Debnath said, "Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told him during his visit to Dhaka that her government wanted a corridor through Bhurimari and Banglabandh land ports in West Bengal to revive bilateral trade with Nepal and Bhutan.
"She sought Indian co-operation so that Bangladesh can transit trade and business through Banglabandh which comes under the district of Panchghar and Bhurimari landports with Nepal and Bhutan. Bhurimari comes under the Lalmani haat. So Bhutan and Nepal territory they want route from India so that they can start business with Nepal and Bhutan," he added.
Sheikh Hasina also evinced interest in opening border haats (village markets) along the Indo-Bangla border to enhance bilateral trade, Debnath claimed.
"It is a very positive sign and this starting the border haat in the border areas will definitely develop the economic growth of the rural level of the state of Tripura,"he said. Debnath met Hasina in Dhaka on July 21 on the sidelines of a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) business meet.
Meanwhile, a 12-member team of Bangladesh tour operators today left for Dhaka after studying for three days in Tripura.
During their stay, they visited some eco-tourism spots, held meetings with local businessmen and expressed their desire to start business tourism with the state.
This was the first business tourism trip to Tripura that was organized by Indo-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industries. (ANI)