Indo-Bangla connectivity: A blessing for all

14 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh and India are close friends. Both the countries share a common border and are connected by rail, road and waterways. Indo-Bangla connectivity is benefiting both the nations. Actually, connectivity has become a sort of blessing between the two countries that reap utmost economic benefits. Moreover, it has increased people-to-people connectivity resulting in a warmer relationship among them. People of the two countries can easily travel by road, railway and river routes. It has also boosted trade and commerce between the two countries. Presently, goods are being transported through Bangladesh by road, rail and river routes using Bangladesh vessels, trucks and railway. Goods are trans-shipped to the North East region of India through Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh and further through Akhaura-Agartala by road. Dhaka is also earning good revenue for the Indian goods that are shipped through Bangladesh.

None could imagine this during Pakistan period although six rail links were operational with India through Bangladesh. Because of hostile attitude of Pakistan, the railway links were snapped after the 1965 Indo-Pak war.  After independence of Bangladesh, the snapped rail routes are gradually being restored paving way for easy transportation. Four of the rail links have already been made operational, and work is underway on the remaining two.

Bangladesh currently imports 1160 Mega Watt of electricity through adjoining states in India. It has also been learnt that hydrocarbons will flow through an India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline. There has been considerable augmentation of the inland water transport that links the Indian North East states to Bangladesh. All these have been possible due to wise leadership of the two countries.

Connectivity between the two countries directly and positively impacts both India and Bangladesh. Enhanced connectivity arising out of friendly relations has ushered in a new era of prosperity in the region and is strengthening the relationship further. India, Bangladesh relations have also opened new vistas through connectivity.


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