Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tripura to get rice from Andhra Pradesh via #Bangladesh

About 5000 tonnes of foodgrains, dispatched by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) from Kakinada port in Andhra Paradesh, has reached Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh for entry into Tripura, Chief Secretary S K Panda said.

"FCI officials informed that the consignment of food grains have reached Ashuganj port. Unloading of the foodgrains and transportation by trucks for Tripura would be started after the Eid festival on Tuesday," Panda said. The consignment had earlier reached Kolkata from where it was brought to the Ashuganj port by using the waterways of Bangladesh. The port is 37 km from here.

Congratulating Bangladesh for allowing to use the waterways for transportation of the foodgrains, Tripura Transport Minister Manik De said it had cut down our cost and distance from 1650 km to 350 km.

After successful transportation of 10,000 tonnes of rice, the union government was expected to ask Bangladesh to allow 35,000 tonnes of foodgrains to be transported to Tripura annually.Earlier, Bangladesh allowed ONGC to carry over dimensional machines of the Palatana mega power project in Gomati district by using the waterways and roadways of Bangladesh.