Guwahati: Train connectivity between Bangladesh from Tripura is soon to be a reality, said Union Minister of State (I/C) for Development of North Eastern Region, Jitendra Singh.
Inaugurating an e-Symposia 2020 organised by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research& Analysis and IIM Shillong as Chief Guest on Friday through a video conference, Singh said Northeast would emerge as a new economic hub of the country and a preferred destination for Startups once the COVID pandemic is over.
“Very soon we are also going to have a train to Bangladesh from Tripura heralding a new chapter and opening new vistas in the development of this region by providing the entire region access to the seaports. Needless to say, this will boost the trade across the borders especially with our eastern neighbours by leaps and bounds,” said Singh.
Singh said that the Centre has also come up with a new scheme called “North East Road Sector Development Schemes” (NERSDS) for development and proper maintenance of interstates roads within the region, which has colloquially acquired the name of ‘Orphaned Road’ because of its persistence neglect by both the connecting states.
The DoNER minister said, “Bamboo from the Northeast is going to be an important vehicle of trade not only for India but also for the entire subcontinent. Sensing this opportunity, the Government has amended the century-old Forest Act by taking homegrown bamboo out of the purview of the Forest Act. Besides, tourism in the region is going to get a major boost because of its picturesque location and landscape, attracting tourist hitherto going to European destinations.”
The minister added that in the last six years, there has been a significant development in the region in terms of road, rail and air connectivity, helping facilitate the movement of goods and persons not only across the region but also across the country
He said, “Northeastern region of the country is slowly but firmly coming up as new business destination of India. New paradigms will emerge post-COVID, with a potential for new breakthroughs in the economy, trade, scientific research and several other diverse areas, catapulting northeast as the economic hub of the country and a preferred destination for Startups.”