Union minister of state for shipping (I/C) Mansukh Mandaviya flagged off the first trial container ship from Kolkata to Agartala through Chattogram Port of Bangladesh, opening new chapters in sub-regional connectivity. The done under the Agreement on use of Chattogram and Mongla Ports for movement of India’s transit cargo through Bangladesh.
The north east region will get better connectivity to Bangladesh via this route.
“It will provide the alternative and shorter route to connect the North East Region through Bangladesh,” the union minister said. He also added that this is a historic move to utilize Chattogram and Mongla Port for movement of India’s transit cargo.
The consignment of the trial movement includes two TEUs carrying TMT steel bars destined for West Tripura district and two TEUs carrying pulses destined for Karimganj, Assam. After reaching Chattogram, the consignment will move to Agartala on Bangladeshi trucks.