2nd consignment of iron ore via B’desh reaches Agartala

Agartala: Even though Bangladesh was yet to reach any final agreement on facilitating transit to Indian states, the second consignment of iron ore has entered Akhaura check-post at Agartala through Ashuganj port by nine Bangladeshi carriers.

The consignment reached last evening.

Indian Custom officials said since formal transit or transshipment through Bangladesh for Indian states had not yet been announced, no country could claim the duty on the goods or formally recognise the international consignment.

”About 162 MT iron ore transported through Bangladeshi port to Agartala reached on October 13,” the officials said, adding the first private goods consignment of 305 MT of steel via Bangladesh had reached Agartala from Kolkata on September 28.

Earlier, several over dimensional machineries of Palatana thermal power project of South Tripura had reached Agartala via Ashuganj port in July from Haldia port through the riverine route, as the surface communication could not carry the loads.

India had for long been demanding land, ports and rail access to the northeast through Bangladesh which shares 4,095 km border. (UNI)

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