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TURA | JAN 7, 2020:
In view of the continuous degradation of the AMPT road, angered NGOs have threatened to hit the streets in order to stop the vehicles from plying if the exporters did not fall in line and carried legal loads.
Bhutan based exporters have been using the AMPT road to export boulder to Bangladesh through the export port in Dalu in West Garo Hills (WGH) as per the trade agreement of SAARC. However despite the illegalities of the Bangladesh bound trucks, no action has been initiated by the WGH administration over fears of repercussions to fragile international relationships.
"They are bringing 18 wheeler trucks through the AMPT road and loads to match with it. Imagine a 10 wheeler truck is carrying over 40 MT, so now think of how much they carry in a 18 wheeler. We don't mind trade being carried out legally but they have to follow rules laid down by our country while transporting loads through our roads," said Francewell Marak, the president of GSU – Phulbari unit.