• Saturday, Jun 19, 2021
  • Last Update : 03:21 am

Proposal to shut down border with India shot down at inter-ministerial meeting

  • Published at 10:25 pm April 24th, 2021
India border
File Photo

Ministries concerned asked to instruct port officials to follow and enforce necessary hygiene and quarantine rules

The Foreign Ministry’s proposal to shut down Bangladesh’s borders with India, in a bid to prevent the entry of Indian coronavirus variants, was rejected at the inter-ministerial meeting held on Thursday.

The meeting dismissed the proposition, saying that mostly Bangladeshi people were travelling through the borders and mainly for reasons of emergency, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told Dhaka Tribune on Saturday.

Top officials of the Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Home Affairs and Shipping as well as the Prime Minister’s Office participated in the virtual meeting.

Bangladesh has several land, river and sea ports connecting it with India, most of which are open even though India is facing its deadliest spell of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Moreover, Bangladesh has continued all trade and commerce with India through using the ports even amid the countrywide strict lockdown. 

Mamun Kabir Tarafder, deputy director (traffic) of Benapole Land Port, said: “On average, some 400 passengers and 600 trucks travel through the port every day.”

Instead of closing down the borders, the inter-ministerial meeting had asked the ministries concerned to instruct port officials to follow and enforce necessary hygiene and quarantine rules, said Foreign Minister Momen.

Meanwhile, air connectivity with India remains suspended amid the strict lockdown as both countries are struggling to rein in the fresh upsurge in the Covid-19 pandemic.

60
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail