The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has entrusted the commerce ministry with the task of implementing a 10-point programme, including improvement of infrastructure at Ashuganj land port and construction of double rail track between Chittagong and Akhaura to facilitate transit traffic.
Government high-ups are learnt to have suggested the authorities concerned to seek World Bank and Asian Development Bank assistance for improvement of Ashuganj river port and Akhaura border immigration office for smooth transit of Indian vehicles.
Analysts suggest govt, shed light on connectivity at ICCB-Star dialogue
Experts and businesses yesterday opposed transit to India for now and advised the government to allow transhipment instead -- for mutual benefits.
Steel millers of Bangladesh fear that the country will lose the USD 3-billion worth steel product market in the north-eastern states of India, if transit facilities without any charges to the neighbour is allowed.
Govt body recommends tariffs on consignments for all three modes of transportation
A government committee has recommended transit fees ranging from $252 to $54,368 to be charged from India, Nepal and Bhutan
For all intents and purposes the Indian demand for passage of its goods through Bangladesh, thereby saving almost a thousand kilometres of tortuous road travel, has been met. And according to some economists, Bangladesh is subsidising the cost!
Creating more confusion over a sensitive issue, the government yesterday claimed all Indian goods, brought in from Kolkata on three ships and now being transported to Agartala through Akhaura Land Port, is part of “trial transit”.
Three associations of steel and re-rolling mills of the country on Monday demanded an immediate halt to transit of Indian goods using Ashuganj river port to protect the country’s rod and steel industry.