Import from Bangladesh and interstate trucks increase Covid risk in Tripura
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Import from Bangladesh and interstate trucks increase Covid risk in Tripura

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Agartala, May 1: After successful installation of Trucks Disinfection Tunnel (TDT) at Bodhjungnagar industrial estate here, Tripura government mulls installing similar TDT at Akhaura Integrated Checkpost to ensure secure entry of loaded vehicles from Bangladesh amid Covid infection threat. Bangladesh and Assam poses a major threat to coronavirus spread in Tripura.

Despite strict vigil along Indo-Bangla border, there has been a continuous attempt of infiltration from Bangladesh. Meantime, import from Bangladesh has resumed this week formally through Akhaura ICP here following standard Covid protocol. Bangladesh has been exporting goods like cement, coal, edible oil, and dry fish to Tripura through Akhaura ICP. Similarly, loaded trucks have been entering the state through Churaibari from Assam every day and in last 10 days about 3400 such vehicles had entered into the state, which triggered tension among the people.

The report from North Tripura claimed that there is no effective mechanism to monitor the entry of the vehicles and check up the drivers due to shortage of 24x7 health staff and infrastructure. Except for registering travel history and thermal scanning of body temperature nothing has been done at Churaibari. People allegedly have been trying to enter the state at night due to lack of surveillance.(UNI)

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