AGARTALA, Oct 9 � Indian envoy at Dhaka Sandip Chakraborty has called on Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sakar in his office and discussed various issues related to bilateral interest, official sources confirmed here on Thursday.
Issues like construction of a bridge on river Feni, selling of power to Bangladesh and Indo-Bangla rail link were discussed in the meeting with Chief Minister, he said while speaking to media at the Civil Secretariat here.
Construction of a bridge on river Feni assumes importance keeping in mind its strategic location � only 75 km from Chittagong Port in Bangladesh. If the bridge is constructed, Tripura could be the gateway to the entire Northeastern region since Chittagong port is close to Sabroom in Tripura. The Central Government is supposed to fund the bridge project.
In regard to selling of Palatana power, the envoy said, �The Union Government has decided to sell 100 MW power from Palatana plant to power-starved Bangladesh. Power will be evacuated to Commilla in Bangladesh from Palatana plant through Rabindranagar area of Bishalgarh subdivision�.
Chakraborty also acknowledged Bangladeshi Government�s full cooperation in bringing heavy equipments meant for Palatana combine cycle power plant.
On the Agartala-Gangasagar rail link, he said the issue was discussed with Chief Minister threadbare. �Land acquisition for the proposed rail link has already got underway�, he said.
Sources, however, claimed no fund has been allocated for the Indo-Bangla rail link. If money is not released, land acquisition will not gather pace, it is understood.
After meeting Chief Minister, the Deputy High Commissioner visited Palatana combine cycle power plant in Udaipur subdivision to know the actual position of the project.
On Thursday, the envoy visited Srinagar border haat in Sabroom subdivision which will be inaugurated by Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on October 20 next.
He also paid a visit to the place where a bridge is planned to be constructed over river Feni. Earlier, Chakraborty met Power Minister Manik Dey and discussed these issues.