AGARTALA, Aug 10 - A team representing Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation is scheduled to visit the proposed waterway to review the viability of goods transport between Sonamura here and Daudkandi in Bangladesh.
The team is scheduled to inspect the waterway on August 11 and beginning a vessel service will depend on their report.
Delhi is very much eager for early start of the vessel service and keeping close contact with their Bangladesh counterpart. Recently in a webinar, officials of both countries agreed to start transportation of goods via this way experimentally by this month. The decision to send a team is in continuation of that.
Officials also discussed the technical aspects, its commercial viability and all other related issues and found it acceptable as it may be profitable for the traders also.
It was revealed that vessels of 90 to 100-ton capacity can move through the 93-km waterway between Sonamura and Daudkandi for at least 7/8 months of the year while dredging will be required for the rest of the year.