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India and Bangladesh agreement details to increase waterway connectivity



Foreign Policy: Signing agreements for increasing waterway connectivity between India and Bangladesh agreements on 25 October 2018

India and Bangladesh have made significant agreements on 25 October 2018 to increase the connectivity between the two countries for trade and shipping of inland and coastal waterways. India's shipping secretary Gopal Krishna and his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohammad Abdusamad also released a joint statement.

Under the agreement between the two countries, Chattogram and Mongla docks in Bangladesh will be used to transport goods sent to India and to India.

Apart from this, a standard operating procedure (SOP) was also signed for passengers' commute and shipping services.

The coastal shipping routes and inland routes have been finalized for this process. Riverway shipping services will be started between Kolkata-Dhaka-Guwahati-Jorhat.

It was also agreed that a Joint Technical Committee will study the technical feasibility of operating Dhulian-Rajshahi Protocol route to Aricha.

Apart from this, the re-opening of Jangipur Shipping Zone on Bhagirathi river will also be considered, which will be in line with the provisions of the treaty for sharing the water of Ganga in Farakka between India and Bangladesh.

Both sides also agreed to the development of Jogighopa. Under this, Jogighopa has to be used as a terminal in relation to the movement of goods for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Bhutan.


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