Rajshahi to get river port to boost trade with India

20 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: A river port is going to be set up in Godagari upazila of the district within a month, aiming to ease transportation of goods through waterways with India.

Goods will be brought to Sultanganj of the upazila from Maya Port of Murshidabad in India via the Padma River.

Chairman of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Commodore Golam Sadeq recently visited Sultanganj, a possible site in Godagari upazila, to start the activities of the proposed river port, reports UNB.

He also visited the border area in the Padma River in a speedboat and exchanged views with officials of the local administration and public representatives.

Speaking at the meeting, the BIWTA chairman said both the countries would be benefitted from the launch of the waterway through Godagari. “Today we inspected everything, including the navigability of the river,” he said.

The BIWTA chairman went on saying, “There’re huge potentials...we want to launch this waterway on an experimental basis within a month.”

Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping Muhidul Islam and Upazila Chairman Jahangir Alam were present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, upazila chairman Jahangir Alam said once goods used to be transported between the two countries through Godagari which was closed a long time ago.

He said jute products used to go to India through this way at that time and those products could be sent again once the waterway is launched.

 “Huge fish are produced in Rajshahi. These fish can also be exported to India. This will benefit Bangladesh economically,” Jahangir Alam said.

Sources at BIWTA said India and Bangladesh have agreed in principle to resume trade through the waterway on the Padma River.

BIWTA officials are now inspecting the infrastructures of the waterway.