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Construction of Indo-Bangla Maitree bridge in full swing

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The construction of the Indo-Bangla Maitree bridge from Sabroom to Ramgarh is currently in full swing. National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), a nationalized company of the Indian government is supervising the complete project.

Meanwhile, a Gujarat-based company, Dineshchandra R Agarwal Infracon Pirvate Limited, is constructing the bridge.

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The India-Bangladtesh Maitree Bridge, is a 180m long four-lane approach road construction project that was implemented bilaterally between the two countries. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly laid the bridge foundation over the Feni river during Prime Minister Modi’s two-day visit in Dhaka in 2015.

The bridge will connect Sabroom, a border town in southern Tripura with Ramgarh in Bangladesh, which will allow India to use Chittagong as a “port of call.”

The Chittagong port is 72km away from the bridge in Sabroom, while Sabroom is 104km away from Agartala in Tripura. The route will provide a significant road link to India’s north-eastern states, and facilitate greater trade and exchanges between the two countries.

NHIDCL General Manager Vinodkumar Srivastav said: “We have acquired land on both sides of the border. We are now working in full swing to materialize this project. We met with Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Member of Parliament Jitendra Choudhury on the matter. We are also cooperating with the Roads and Highways Department of Bangladesh.”

“The Central Government has earmarked Rs13.4 crore for land acquisition and rehabilitation matters. While for construction, Rs88.68 crore has been apportioned,” added Srivastav.

“India’s external affairs ministry would see to it that the construction workers on both the sides do not face any inconvenience,” Srivastav further added.

-SAM

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