Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, PM Modi repeated his vision for the development of the northeast region. (Picture source- Times Of India)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurates Maitri Setu via video conferencing.
Built-up by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, a 1.9 km long interconnecting bridge has been built on the Feni river which flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura and Bangladesh. The bridge 'Maitri Setu' connects Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh.
PM said that this bridge will be a strong resource for economic development. "Maitri Setu will not only boost the production of various bamboo products but will also widen the pineapple and agarbatti business in Agartala", he said.
This project has become a successful step of the Indian govt's East policy'. With the foundation of Megaproject 'Maitri Setu', Tripura will be directly connected with Bangladesh. The bridge will also be helpful for Bangladesh to establish a good trade relationship with Bhutan and Nepal. "With the opening of the Feni bridge, Agartala will become the first Indian city closest to an International Seaport," PM Modi said.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina called it a historic moment. She said that the "opening of any bridge is testimony to Bangladesh's continued commitment to support our neighbor India in strengthening connectivity in the region, particularly for northeast India."
"Political boundaries should not become physical barriers for trade. The bridge over Feni river will also help Bangladesh's trade with Nepal and Bhutan." She added.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, PM Modi repeated his vision for the development of the northeast region. PM criticized the earlier UPA government and said that the previous central government had issued only three thousand five hundred crore rupees between 2009-14 for the development project whereas the current central government granted 12 thousand crore rupees between 2014 to 2019.
"With this inauguration, Tripura has become the 'Gateway of North East ' with access to Chittagong Port of Bangladesh, which is just 80 km from Sabroom", PMO stated.