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AGARTALA: After waiting silently for more than 2 months, the Tripura government recently sought the Centre for an alternate route through Bangladesh to bring petroleum and food products.
Currently, there is food stock for 40-42 days.
As the petroleum products could be brought in the state through Meghalaya's Dawki, the food products could be brought using Bangladesh's Ashuganj port.
" We have already sent a proposal to the Centre to bring food and petroleum products via Bangladesh. We have already asked the Food Corporation of India authority to hike rice induction up to 5,000 Metric Tonne through the Ashuganj Port," Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bhanulal Saha said.
"The former Assam government didn't take any positive attitude towards repair of the NH, which is lifeline of Tripura which invited the disaster. Even the new Assam government is sitting reluctantly," Saha said.
Earlier, PWD Minister Badal Choudhury also talked to Centre and the Assam government on the issue. After long discussion, the Centre has handed over the task to the NHIDCL for speedy maintenance of Kathaltali to Chankira. But the work is yet to begin.