Agartala, June 19: Two days after the meeting of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb with union commerce and industries minister Piyush Goel in New Delhi over setting up of an economic zone (SEZ) at Sabroom on southern border with Bangladesh, a delegation on Tuesday visited the spot and interacted with the officials there.
To promote trade with South East Asian countries via hittagong, Deb asked for SEZ at Sabroom considering it’s proximity with international seaport that would open the market access for South East Asian countries.
The central government took a serious note on the proposal and sent a two-member team to visit the spot and initiate discussion with the local administration and people. The SEZ Deputy Development Commissioner (Northeast) M K Anjenia and Assistant Development Commissioner (Northeast) D N Bhattacharjee visited the area and held discussions with the administration and local MLA Shankar Roy over the proposal of the state government.
“The officials have expressed their satisfaction after visiting the locations and ongoing construction of Maitree bridge over River Feni to connect Sabroom with Ramgarh of Bangladesh. The officials however, indicated that the ministry of commerce wanted to build up business facilitation centres along with export-import station for Northeast region,” Roy told media here today.
He stated that the officials were convinced the proposed SEZ assumed to be a very significant point to make the Sabroom, a virtual gateway of South-East Asia that would change the economy of the entire state. The SEZ will open up the opportunity of international trade with neghibouring countries and also widen up the market facilities for home grown produces of Tripura.
“If things go well and ministry accepts the proposal, Sabroom will be the first SEZ in Northeast under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy. The Feni bridge is expected to be operationalised by end of next year and India and Bangladesh have agreed to make international standard road covering 70 kilometre distance up to Chittagong seaport from Sabroom,” Roy said.
He pointed out that Bangladesh government would facilitate world class bus service and other ancillary services for promoting business and tourism between the two countries.To begin SEZ at Sabroom, the state government has finalized 240 acres of land near Maitree bridge and another 200 acres of land in nearby villages, Roy added. (UNI)