SILCHAR, June 30 - In a bid to expand the land resources and enhance the export possibilities from Barak Valley to the South East Asian market, the Industries, Commerce and Act East Policy Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary has asked the district administrations of the valley to identify specific land for setting up of industrial corridors in the region.
Talking to The Assam Tribune on Saturday regarding the issues discussed in the high-level meeting between the Industries, Commerce and Act East Policy Affairs Minister and representatives of traders, merchants and transporters from Barak Valley, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri said �besides taking note of the bottlenecks particularly with the power supply and road condition, the Minister has given instructions to the district administrations to look for government land so that industrial corridors could be set up for expansion of exports from here.�
The Deputy Commissioner also informed that appropriate instructions have been given to the concerned departments to improve the condition of the road, especially in Karimganj connecting the region with the international route and also address the erratic power supply.
It may be mentioned that Patowary, who is leading the 22-member delegation for the Sampark Yaatra, goodwill bus tour to Bangladesh and Myanmar as a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s Act East initiative, had interacted with the traders and transporters of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts who had drawn the attention of the Minister towards the pathetic road condition of Sutarkandi and Patharkandi to Karimganj and irritating power supply affecting progress of industrial augmentation here. Also, the Minister leant about the chaotic traffic congestion in Silchar owing to the narrow roads and insufficient sites for parking.
The Minister said that steps are being taken to start bus services between Silchar and Sylhet via Karimganj soon along with the need for another airport to augment trade and commerce. Also, he informed that since Assam has been inducted into the National Gas Grid, traders can utilise gas resources which will soon be available in the State through the pipeline facilities.