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AGARTALA : Aiming to boost infrastructures at Srimantapur Land Customs Station (LCS) in West Tripura district, the Centre has allocated Rs. 14 crore to promote bilateral trade with neighbouring Bangladesh.
After Akhaura LCS near the capital town, this will be the second LCS which will have necessary facilities for the traders from both sides. Earlier, the Centre had sanctioned substantial funds for elevating Akhaura LCS.
Taking to reporters here on Tuesday, Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury said that the Centre had allocated the fund few months back but work could not be taken up due to unavailability of land.
“Now the problem has been sorted out after five families agreed to vacate land for expansion plan of the Srimantapur LCS”, he said adding that the all necessary arrangements- Customs and Immigration office, separate rooms for police and BSF , bank, weigh bridge and godown would be set up under the one-roof building.
According to Chowdhury, if the necessary facilities are created, the pressure on Akhaura LCS will be reduced substantially. He further said that the government would undertake infrastructure building work shortly.
To generate awareness among the businessmen involved in bilateral trade, a seminar cum workshop will be held here on November 5 where Director of Foreign Trade Department Dr. Anup Tiwari will remain present.
Industries and Commerce Minister will inaugurate the a-day programme.
Meanwhile, the Centre has also decided to release Rs. 40 crore to the State for setting up a Textile Park. Initially, three companies will set up the park and later on other can join the venture. The Textile Park will have to be established by next 36 months. Hossiary silks, appreal, garment carpets will be produced in the proposed Textile Park which will generate ample job opportunity for the local people.