India, Bangladesh open new land port to boost trade

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DHAKA: India and Bangladesh have opened a key joint land port at the north western tip of Banglabandha bordering Phulbari of West Bengal to boost bilateral trade.

Phulbari—Banglabandha land port was opened at a cross-border ceremony attended by the Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee and Bangladesh’s Agriculture Minister, Ms Matia Chowdhury.

Two trucks carrying cotton from Bangladesh entered the Indian territory, while three stone-laden trucks from India crossed the border into Bangladesh, reports said yesterday.

Mr Mukherjee termed the relations between the two countries as historic and said both Bangladesh and India have been working to cut trade deficit.

 “Both countries are determined to solve all problems side by side with boosting trade,” he said.

He said that Phulbari—Banglabandha land port has more potential than Benapole—Petraploe as it is very close to Siliguri, the gateway to northeast India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Chowdhury said with the launching of Banglabandha land port the trade deficit between the two countries will come down significantly.

 “We hope that the immigration through the port will (also) start very soon,” she said.

With the opening of trading through the port, the Indian finance minister said mills and factories will be opened in the region to create employment. - PTI