Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla along with Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader visited Ramgarh, Khagrachhari to inspect the progress of a bridge construction over the Feni River.
The proposed bridge over the Feni River is being funded by the government of India under grant assistance to Bangladesh and is being constructed by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Authority of India (NHIDCL).
In a press release issued by the Indian High Commission on Wedensday, Harsh Vardhan Shringla thanked Obaidul Quader for inviting him to Ramgarh.
He also said: “The minister’s visit demonstrates the importance the Government of Bangladesh attaches to connectivity projects with India.
“In the last approximately 10 years, there has been unprecedented progress in infrastructure development and connectivity links established between India and Bangladesh.
“The proposed bridge of the Feni River is a vital link between the people of India and Bangladesh. There has been a longstanding demand by the community in Tripura for this connectivity with Bangladesh.”
“This bridge over the Feni River will promote trade and tourism and people-to-people contacts between our two countries,” he added.
The bridge, once completed, will provide direct road connectivity between south Tripura and Chittagong through Sabroom (India) – Ramgarh (Bangladesh) link, and will further promote trade, tourism and people-to-people ties between Tripura and Bangladesh and benefit the entire region.
Test piling work on the Indian side has already commenced and the same is expected to commence on the Bangladesh side shortly. The bridge is expected to be completed by April 2020.
A delegation led by Tripura Public Works Department (PWD) Secretary Shantanu and comprising senior officials from the NHIDCL and PWD department, state government of Tripura also visited the site of the Feni bridge along with Obaidul Quader and the Indian envoy.