Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the Maitri Setu on Feni river connecting India and Bangladesh will help improve connectivity and enhance economic opportunities for people of both the countries.
Virtually inaugurating the Maitri Setu on Feni river connecting Sabroom in South Tripura to Ramgarh in Bangladesh on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that the entire region is being developed as a trade corridor between India and Bangladesh. He said that the bridge will not only strengthen connectivity between the two countries but also friendship between them.
Prime Minister Modi said that in the last few years several projects of connecting the two countries by rail, road and waterways have been implemented. The Maitri setu will further strengthen it.
Highlighting the importance of the Maitri Setu, Prime Minister Modi said that the Setu will help improve people to people ties as well as open new opportunities for tourism and trade in the two countries.
He said that alongwith Tripura, it will also benefit Assam, Mizoram and Manipur which will get connected with Bangladesh and other countries of SouthEast Asia. Prime Minister Modi said that with the inauguration of the Maitri Setu, Agartala has become the closest city of India to the International sea port.
Prime Minister Modi said that after the development of the facilities, the dependence of North East on road connectivity alone for transportation and supply will be reduced as they will be directly connected through the Chittagong port in Bangladesh and inland waterways.
In her recorded message on this occasion, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh said that political barriers should not become physical barriers to trade. She said Maitri Setu will serve as the lifeline of people.
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