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Indian goods transhipment to Bangladesh

Dhaka: Bangladesh has allowed transshipment of Indian goods from its northeastern areas on trial basis in line with a bilateral agreement, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has said."Three cargo ships – two Bangladeshi and one Indian – are now anchored at Ashuganj river port and the fourth ship is sailing towards Ashuganj from Kolkata port," she said.She said road, railway and water transit between the two countries were already there in the existing agreements signed in 1972 and 1980, and renewed over the years.

In November last year, India and Bangladesh had signed a crucial deal to allow Indian heavy equipment to be transshipped to its landlocked northeastern Tripura state for a proposed power plant through Bangladeshi territory.The deal would allow India to transport heavy equipment for its proposed Palatana Power Plant in Tripura in 96 consignments through Bangladesh.

Asked about the likelhood of a bilateral agreement on water sharing of Teesta River and exchange of letters on transit facilities, the Foreign Minister said both will be done in the future. But she refused to give any specific timeframe and date .

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