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Dredging of Tripura river to begin next month

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, Dec 19 - Dredging work to increase the depth of riverbed for the ambitious inland waterways project connecting Gomati river in Tripura with Bangladesh�s Ashuganj would be beginning from next month.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting between Union Minister of Highways, Road Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in New Delhi on Monday, according to an official release.

The Ministry of Shipping would send a technical team to the State to give a finishing touch to the dredging work for Gomati-Ashuganj waterways project.

The team, which is scheduled to arrive here on December 26, will visit Sonamura area to ascertain how much depth is required in the riverbed to run steamers from Maharani (Udaipur) to Ashuganj (Bangladesh).

Under the project, two jetties would be established at Maharani in Gomati district and Sonamura in Sepahijala district.

In course of the meeting, the Chief Minister briefed the Union Minister that tenders have been floated by NHIDCL for four packages for the NH-44A (Manu-Singhluang) and NH-208 (Kailashahar-Teliamura) and remaining tenders for other NHs would be floated shortly.

The execution and approval of the project of Agartala Bypass (Agartala International Airport to Kuripukur, Amtali was also discussed in the meeting and Gadkari directed the officials to process it at the earliest.

On Wednesday, the Chief Minister met Union Home Ministers Rajnath Singh and five other Union Ministers � Harsh Vardhan, Suresh Prabhu, Nirmala Sitharaman, RK Singh and Manoj Sinha.

�The Chief Minister met the Union Home Minister and talked about border fencing work and taking over of Assam Rifles ground situated in the prime location of the city. The meeting was fruitful�, said an official here.

In the meeting with Civil Aviation Minister, the Chief Minister briefed about the people�s suffering due to shortage of flight services to Agartala. The Union Minister said he would take steps so that number of flights could be increased to Agartala.

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