Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said Bangladesh and India have signed an agreement to establish new waterways between the two countries by using Brahmaputra river.
He made the statement while addressing the journalists at a programme in Tripura.
“The governments of Bangladesh and India would dredge Brahmaputra river on their respective sides. We expect that the new waterways would be in operation within a year,” the union minister of state for road transport and highways and shipping said.
He said the agreement was signed to boost trade and people-to-people contact between the two counties.
Tripura’s Transport Secretary Samarjit Bhowmik said Tripura government had submitted proposals to develop waterways between Tripura’s Gomati, Howrah and Bangladeshi rivers.
The Union Shipping Ministry has recently sanctioned Rs12 crore to submit detailed project reports to develop waterways between Gomati and Meghna rivers.
India and Bangladesh share a 2,979km land border and, 1,116km water border. They also share 54 common rivers, including the Brahmaputra.