An agreement has been reached between India and Bangladesh to construct a bridge over the transboundary Karnaphuli river to facilitate bilateral trade and communications.
The bridge is going to be constructed in India’s Mizoram state where the river is called Khawthlangtuipui.
Officials of both spoke about the proposed bridge plans at a press conference held at the capital of Mizoram, Aizawl on Saturday, reports Firstpost.
Rowshan Ara Khanam, who led the Bangladesh delegation in the meeting, said : “The bridge would be an important link between India and Bangladesh. The Bangladesh government has taken a number of steps to bring the bridge to fruitation.”
Rowshan Ara further said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had earlier given approval to construct the bridge and link roads.
“Officials of India and Bangladesh held a meeting on Friday evening at Tlabung town and discussed speeding up the works for the proposed bridge between the two countries across Khawthlangtuipui river,” Mizoram Industries and Commerce Department Director J Hmingthanmawia said at the press conference.
India’s Railways Advisor Dibbanjan Roy, who also attended the meeting, said the bridge would strengthen the ties between the people of both the countries by improving connectivity between the nations.
Though the location of the bridge has not yet been finalised, it has been proposed that it is made closer to the Bangladesh’s nearest land customs station.
Originated in the Lushai hills in India’s Mizoram, the river travels through 180km of mountainous wilderness making a narrow loops in Bangladesh’s hill district Rangamati.