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Locations of 3 new border haats finalised

Officials of India and Bangladesh addressing the media in Agartala on Wednesday.
 AGARTALA, Feb 5 - A joint meeting of India and Bangladesh has finalised locations for setting up three more border haats in addition to the existing two such markets, officials of both the countries confirmed here today.

 The development came at the District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner-level meeting between three districts of Tripura and as many districts of neighbouring Bangladesh, held at the Sonartari State Guest House here.

While the Indian side was led by the District Magistrate of West Tripura, Dr Sandeep Mahatme, the Bangladesh side was led by Deputy Commissioner of Brahmanbaria, Hayat-Ud-Dowlla.

After the meeting, Dr Mahatme said the ministries concerned of the two countries had earlier decided to set up three more border haats in three districts and the locations for this purpose were finalised today.

One haat will be set up at Paharmura in Khowai district of India and Habiganj district of Bangladesh, while another will come up at Jagarampur in Sipahijala district of Tripura and Comilla district of Bangladesh. The third one will be set up at Bamutia in West Tripura district and Brahmanbaria district of the neighbouring country.

Two border haats – one at Kamalasagar in Sipahijal district and Brahmanbaria district of the neighbouring country and the other at Srinagar in South Tripura district and Ramgarh district of Bangladesh – are currently operational.

Altogether five new border haats will be set up in addition to the existing ones. Representatives of both the countries today observed that border haats play a major role in strengthening the relationship between people of the two countries.

“The India-Bangladesh relations are cordial and we want to forge cooperation between the two nations for the development of both. In the meeting, we discussed issues like illegal trafficking, incomplete fencing and narcotics, and underlined the need for concentrated efforts to address transborder crimes,” said Dr Mahatme.

The delegations of both the countries told reporters that acquisition of land for laying tracks for the 15-km Agartala-Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway line had been completed on both the sides. The two countries have set the target for starting the new rail line by September, 2021.

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