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Border Haat Inaugurated in Tripura
Jan 26, 2015

The first border 'haat' or market along Tripura-Bangladesh frontier at Srinagar in South Tripura district, was inaugurated recently. Tripura located in an advantageous position in respect of strategic, diplomatic and economic relations with Bangladesh is likely to become the gateway in tandem with implementation of the Act East policy adopted by the Government of India.

  • To further strengthen this policy a Border Haat is set up along Indo-Bangladesh international border at Srinagar, a bordering village in South Tripura.

  • Tripura Industrial Development Corporation (TIDC) is the nodal agency of bilateral trade through border haat.

  •  Additional District Magistrates (ADM) of the concerned districts are the chairpersons of the border management committees.

  • The border haat in Srinagar and the roads on Indian side are constructed by India.

  • Business in the haat will take place once a week among the people living within 5 km. radius of the border who would sell and buy locally produced goods and crops.

  • No local taxes would be imposed on the items to be sold in the haats and currencies of both the countries would prevail.

  • Initially 16 items were short listed which include agricultural and horticultural crops, spices, minor forest products excluding timber, fish and dry fish, dairy and poultry products, cottage industry items, wooden furniture, handloom and handicraft items etc.

  • Apart from this haat, the Indian Government is intended to move for development of Bangladesh through Tripura and looked into the matter to expedite building the bridge over Feni river.

  • India is looking forward to the North-East as the threshold to reach the South-East Asian countries.

Chief Minister of Tripura, Manik Sarkar made a plea to the governments of both countries to provide transit facility using Ashuganj and Chittagong sea ports in Bangladesh. If allowing transit facility is not possible, trans-shipment facility could be taken into consideration and that would closer friendly relations between two sides.


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