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Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Northeast Today

Dhaka’s Attention Sought for Road Connecting Meghalaya to Bengal

Dhaka’s Attention Sought for Road Connecting Meghalaya to Bengal
July 17
22:06 2017

NET Bureau, Saidul Khan

The Ministry of External Affairs has taken up the matter to connect Mahendraganj in South West Garo Hills of Meghalaya to Hili Land Port – Balurghat in West Bengal through Goraghat, Palashbari and Gaibandha in Bangladesh, an official release issued by Movement Committee for Corridor from Balurghat-Hili to Mahendraganj said on Monday.

Sanjay Jain from the Ministry of External Affairs in its letter dated June 30, 2017, informed the movement committee that they have conveyed the matter to external affairs mission in Dhaka to take up the matter with Bangladesh and examine the feasibility of the proposed route.

The stretch from Mahendraganj via Bangladesh to Bengal will be about 100 km and boost trade and commerce between the two countries.

The movement committee said in its communique sought solidarity and support of all the people of North-East states of India to join their movement and mobilize public opinion in support of its mission and vision and to strengthen the spirit of the movement to convince the Government of India to adopt all possible steps in order to open up the corridor from Mahendraganj (Meghalaya) on and through Bangladesh to Hili (West Bengal) so as to fulfill people’s long standing demands to which everybody’s attention is drawn.

The committee has also taken up the matter with Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee requesting them to take up the matter with the central leadership.

“This is one of the shortest road that can connect North-East with the rest part of India and considering the present activities of China this road i.e. corridor from Mahendraganj to Hili through Bangladesh is of great essence on the ground of defence and security measure of the country,” said Nava Kumar Das, convenor of the movement committee.

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