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Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the 1.888 km bridge, which is 72 km by road from the Chittagong sea port. The bridge has been built by India at a cost of around Rs 129 crore….reports Asian Lite News

The bridge over river Feni in Tripura will connect the landlocked region to the Chittagong international sea port in Bangladesh, reports Sujit Chakraborty

A bridge over Feni river in Tripura is set to turn the dream of the northeastern region into reality, as it would connect the landlocked region with the rest of the world through the Chittagong international sea port in Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the 1.888 km bridge, which is 72 km by road from the Chittagong sea port. The bridge has been built by India at a cost of around Rs 129 crore.

The double-lane Feni bridge, which would connect the border town of Sabroom in Tripura with Ramgarh in Bangladesh, would ease transportation of goods and heavy machineries to and from the northeastern states from various parts of the country and abroad using the Chittagong sea port, Kolkata port and other ports in India and Bangladesh.

The District Magistrate and Collector of southern Tripura, Debapriya Bardhan, said that the Prime Minister would dedicate the important bridge to the people virtually from Delhi on Tuesday.

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The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has constructed the vital bridge and the 1,476m stretch of approach roads, of which 1,193m falls in the Indian territory and the remaining 283m falls in the Bangladesh side.

The Executive Director of NHIDCL, A.K. Kushwaha, said that the bridge named ‘Maitre Setu’ (friendship bridge) is a cable stayed reinforced cement concrete (RCC) bridge, including viaduct and pillar support to bear heavy load and weighty machineries.

Experts, economists and traders said that the bridge would open a new horizon of connectivity, economy, trade and commerce, besides strengthening people-to-people bonding between the northeastern states and Bangladesh and other neighboring countries.

CUTS International, a Jaipur-based think-tank an NGO, has conducted several studies on border trade and ‘Border Haats’ (markets) in a bid to boost the economy and fortify the ties among the people of India and Bangladesh and also to check illegal trades and activities.

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