AGARTALA: The Border Haat at Tarapur near Kasba Kalibari in Kamala Sagar under West Tripura district is facing a crisis of existence following a decision by the Border Haat Committee, comprising district level officials of India and Bangladesh, imposing a restriction on entry into the market.
The committee has decided that entry into the market will remain restricted to the people residing within a five Kilometer radius of the market and those coming from beyond will not be allowed to enter into the market. The same restriction is applicable to the traders also.
The decision virtually acted as a killing nail for the market which was gaining immense popularity among the visitors of both the countries since its establishment on June 11, 2015, and the traders also were getting encouraged with the response from the people.
Since its inception, 500 people from both the sides were allowed to enter on every weekly market day. Besides, the people were urging the authorities concerned to raise the number to 1000 considering the increasing demand.
Though the decision was taken in accordance with the main spirit of setting up of border haat, the recent decision has come as a shock as visitors to the market have instantly dropped to below 100 and most of the commodities brought by the traders are remaining unsold.
The popularity of the market was increasing rapidly as it virtually turned into a tourist spot what with many of the pilgrims visiting the Kali Bari on the market day making a visit to the haat. It also became a spot to visit for the tourists coming from outside the State.
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