Tripura-Chittagong sea port bridge to be a reality

Tripura-Chittagong sea port bridge to be a reality

Tripura chief secretary Yashpal Singh confirmed that the Centre has agreed to fund the construction of a bridge over River Feni in South Tripura on National Highway 44, connecting the state to Bangladesh. The bridge will connect Sabroom in Tripura to the Chittagong sea port in Ramgarh town of south Bangladesh.

The construction of the bridge has become important for Tripura and other Northeastern states after Bangladesh allowed India to use the Chittagong sea port, only 70 kilometres from the southern town of Tripura. Easy access to the sea port will open up the South Asian market for Tripura and it will be easier to ferry goods via waterways from other parts of India, bypassing the chicken neck of Siliguri and the high terrain of Assam and Meghalaya. The bridge will  reduce travel time, risk and cost, and integrate Tripura with the south Asian market. It is expected to will boost trade, commerce and investment in the state.

The proposal for the construction of the bridge had been pending for a long time and there were several phases of meetings with the Union ministry of DoNER and other related ministries over the past three years for funding the project. Only recently the ministry decided to fund the bridge construction, including the cost of land acquisition on both sides of India and Bangladesh and the construction of the approach road connecting the National Highways of both countries.
The state government had  begun the construction estimating an expenditure of Rs 70 crore from the state exchequer. In the meantime, due to cost escalation, the project estimate has risen to Rs 125 crore.
The bridge should be functional in the next two years.
(Source: Agencies)

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