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Pact with Bangladesh to benefit Tripura: Sarkar

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AGARTALA, Sept 9 � Fresh demarcation will be carried out along the Indo-Bangla border to solve all pending disputes including Muhuri Char in South Tripura district, said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

A pact had been inked between India and Bangladesh to remove the stand-off over border disputes, Sarkar, who accompanied Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his historic Dhaka visit, told the media at Civil Secretariat here on Friday.

The Chief Minister said that the pact would allow India to erect barbed wire fencing along the Zero-Line at Muhuri Char in South Tripura district and Chandannagar in Dhalai district where fencing work could not be taken up as the areas were not demarcated properly yet.

However, the problem pertaining to water sharing of Feni river in South Tripura district could not make any headway during the Prime Minister�s visit. �The issue will come up later�, Sarkar said.

Asked if the Bangladesh Government would be ready to offer the much-awaited transit facility to India, Chief Minister said, �No concrete decision has been taken this time but it will certainly come up later along with other pending bilateral issues�.

Stating that the visit would strengthen the bond between the two countries, Sarkar said that a number of Bangladesh Ministers had meeting with four Chief Ministers who had accompanied the Prime Minister. �A number of business related issues came up for discussion in the meeting where potential investors and entrepreneurs were present�, he said.

Sarkar said that though there was no formal proposal for investment in Tripura or North East, the beginning will kick start very soon with Bangladesh business community showing great interest for expanding their business in North East. Asked if the existence of militant hideouts in Bangladesh figured in the bilateral talks, Sarkar said that the issue came up in a meeting between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and four NE Chief Ministers.

�The Bangladesh Prime Minister had readily agreed on taking action against militants holed up in Bangladesh if specific information are given to her�, Chief Minister said. According to latest intelligence inputs, there are 20 militant hideouts in Bangladesh.

The Chief Minister further said that Bangladesh Government had formally approached the Prime Minister Dr Singh to buy power from North East particularly from Palatana power project. �The State Government is in favour of selling 100 MW power to the neighbouring country and the modalities will be finalised by the Central Government.

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Pact with Bangladesh to benefit Tripura: Sarkar

AGARTALA, Sept 9 � Fresh demarcation will be carried out along the Indo-Bangla border to solve all pending disputes including Muhuri Char in South Tripura district, said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

A pact had been inked between India and Bangladesh to remove the stand-off over border disputes, Sarkar, who accompanied Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his historic Dhaka visit, told the media at Civil Secretariat here on Friday.

The Chief Minister said that the pact would allow India to erect barbed wire fencing along the Zero-Line at Muhuri Char in South Tripura district and Chandannagar in Dhalai district where fencing work could not be taken up as the areas were not demarcated properly yet.

However, the problem pertaining to water sharing of Feni river in South Tripura district could not make any headway during the Prime Minister�s visit. �The issue will come up later�, Sarkar said.

Asked if the Bangladesh Government would be ready to offer the much-awaited transit facility to India, Chief Minister said, �No concrete decision has been taken this time but it will certainly come up later along with other pending bilateral issues�.

Stating that the visit would strengthen the bond between the two countries, Sarkar said that a number of Bangladesh Ministers had meeting with four Chief Ministers who had accompanied the Prime Minister. �A number of business related issues came up for discussion in the meeting where potential investors and entrepreneurs were present�, he said.

Sarkar said that though there was no formal proposal for investment in Tripura or North East, the beginning will kick start very soon with Bangladesh business community showing great interest for expanding their business in North East. Asked if the existence of militant hideouts in Bangladesh figured in the bilateral talks, Sarkar said that the issue came up in a meeting between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and four NE Chief Ministers.

�The Bangladesh Prime Minister had readily agreed on taking action against militants holed up in Bangladesh if specific information are given to her�, Chief Minister said. According to latest intelligence inputs, there are 20 militant hideouts in Bangladesh.

The Chief Minister further said that Bangladesh Government had formally approached the Prime Minister Dr Singh to buy power from North East particularly from Palatana power project. �The State Government is in favour of selling 100 MW power to the neighbouring country and the modalities will be finalised by the Central Government.