SHILLONG, Nov 17 - Bangladesh has evinced interest for investment in power projects of Meghalaya to boost bilateral ties.
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI) Chairman Abdul Matlub Ahmad said the neighbouring country’s offer is in the form of a joint venture with Meghalaya government in developing cascading hydel power projects. The formal proposal will follow within 90 days.
“We have made our offer in response to Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s appeal when he visited Bangladesh,” Ahmad told PTI.
“We feel that once this project starts, we can begin our coal-based power projects for which the power could be sold back to us. We are ready to buy back power,” he said.
Ahmad, who led a Bangladeshi delegation here, met Mukul Sangma last night where the details of the project were discussed at length.
Ahmad said the delegation and the Chief Minister met officials of the World Bank here where they sought the latter’s assistance in dredging of rivers in Bangladesh to boost bilateral and transit trades of the two countries. Using riverine routes of Bangladesh will benefit Meghalaya, Assam and other NE States as transportation of goods will be cheaper, he said. However, the problem with rivers in Bangladesh is they are getting dried up and the depth is insufficient to be used economically. – PTI