Agartala, May 13 Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly called on Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb this afternoon at the office and discussed several issues related to Indo-Bangladesh relationship including Indian initiatives to boost trade between two countries.
Ganguly said that during her meeting, Chief Minister Deb mentioned about expediting the connectivity projects like undergoing bridge over river Feni in South Tripura and Agartala-Akhuara rail link besides, opening new border hats along the border between two countries. The Chief minister however, reportedly highlighted her the intention of the government to export at least five million kg tea produces in Tripura Tea Development Corporation's (TTDC) estates to Bangladesh.
"TTDC estates have been producing about nine million kg tea and it has potential to do business with Bangladesh through Kailashahar and Chatiapur of North Tripura and Akhaura Integrated checkpost here," said TTDC Chairman Santosh Saha.
Saha said, CM has proposed high commissioner to pursue with Bangladesh to waived off custom duty on TTDC tea, which is now 80% and general duty 25% that would further strengthen bilateral relationship between two countries.
"I have already taken up the issue with Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu in September last year detailing the trade prospect and I am hopeful Government of both the countries will think it in positive manner," CM Deb told UNI.