Agartala, Jul 7 : With the successful run of Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata direct bus service over the last 15 years, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb wants to start bus service between Sabroom, the southernmost town of the state and Cox Bazar of southern Bangladesh to boost tourism in the region.
Addressing a program here today Deb said that he would soon write to Union External Affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar for necessary clearance to start bus service considering the tourism potential of Tripura and Bangladesh and said, “Tripura government is working for development of tourist circuit covering a part of Bangladesh that will include religious tourism, nature and leisure tourism, so that people will get a composite favour.”
At present hundreds of people from Tripura every month travelling the Digha of West Bengal, Puri of Odisha, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai to visit beach but Cox Bazar sea beach of Bangladesh is no way inferior to them covering less than a hundred kilometres from Tripura, which is cost effective and time saving and best for weekend leisure, Chief Minister observed.
Tripura had started direct bus service from Agartala to Dhaka in 2003. Later, it has been extended to Kolkata on a daily basis and now the bus service has appeared popular and daily a few hundreds of people from both Tripura and Bangladesh have been travelling to each other. Even the people from Tripura and other parts of the northeast, are now visiting Cox Bazar and Chittagong via Akhaura of Bangladesh through Agartala.
The state government was giving utmost importance to the tourism sector for augmenting government revenue as well as to boost cultural exchanges. He said that a 'Maitree Setu' (Friendship Bridge) over River Feni is expected to be completed by next year to establish direct road connection with Chittagong sea port. '
The distance between Sabroom and Chittagong is only 70 km and this can be covered by two hours of bus journey; Chittagong is an attractive port city but from there Indian tourists can also easily visit Asia's longest sea coast in Cox Bazar which is a record 100 km long, Deb underlined.
He added that the direct bus service will lead to a big increase Indian tourist flow to Bangladesh and people there can earn money and people of Tripura will not need to go 1000 km away to Indian states to relax in sea coast. (UNI)