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Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb Urges New Waterways With Bangladesh

Biplab Kumar Deb


AGARTALA: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb  has requested the Centre to create new waterways between  the state and Bangladesh to boost trade and tourism in the  north-eastern region, an official said on Sunday.

“If new waterways are created between Tripura and  Bangladesh, the State would be the gateway for the entire  north-eastern region and adjoining areas. The proposed  waterway project using the Gomati river must be  expedited,” the official said quoting Deb from the NITI  Aayog meeting in New Delhi on Saturday.

He said in order to boost tourism in the State, the Union  Tourism Ministry might help construct ropeways connecting  the historic “Matabari” Tripura Sundari Temple and  Chhabimura, the mountain wall on the banks of Gomati  famous for its rock sculptures. Deb also demanded more financial support from the Centre’s  PSUs and autonomous bodies Corporate Social Responsibility  (CSR) fund for creation of new infrastructure in the  Northeast.

“The public sector companies and undertakings should be  allowed to spend at least 10 per cent of their CSR funds  in the north-eastern States. This will help in early  implementation of ‘HIRA’ (Highways, Inland Waterways,  Railways and Airways), the grand initiative of Prime  Minister Narendra Modi. The initiative would not only  boost tourism but also many other sectors in the region,”  he added.

The Chief Minister also asked for amending of the existing  aviation guidelines to facilitate private operators to  increase flight frequency to the Northeast. Asserting that Tripura was a flood-prone State, he also  demanded an increase in the State Disaster Response Fund  from the existing Rs 38 crore at present. (IANS)


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