AGARTALA, March 13 - Tripura�s wheel of fortune would radically change with lot of connectivity-related ambitious projects coming up in the days to come, said Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.
Currently, Tripura is located in a strategically disadvantaged position due to absence of proper connectivity but this would turn into advantageous location, he said while speaking at a seminar on Development of Tripura Tea Industry � Scope for Spatiality Tea at Prajna Bhavan here recently.
�Days are not far when the landlocked State will become a gateway not only to Northeast India but also South-East Asian nations�, he said.
Sarkar explained, �BG rail service is going to start very shortly with works going on in full swing. This will of course ensure lot of economic activities apart from passenger movement.�
He continued, �If the BG rail service is extended upto Sabroom, State�s southern-most subdivision, access to Chittagong port in Bangladesh will be possible. The government is also on the move to construct a bridge on the river Feni connecting two sides of the international border.�
Besides, the Centre has already sanctioned over Rs 500 crore to construct a 15-km Indo-Bangla rail network which will certainly boost the communication between Tripura and Bangladesh, he pointed out.
Sarkar further said the length of national highway has increased from 344 km to 850 km which will surely boost the connectivity.
On air connectivity, he said the government plans to convert Agartala airport into an international airport as early as possible. �As of now, 18 flights are coming and going out of the airport. We want direct air connectivity between Agartala and Dhaka to boost trade and commerce�, he added.
The Chief Minister added the International Gateway of Internet is going to be opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina through video conference on March 23.
�This will also boost the telecommunication system of the State. What else do you want to start the industrialisation process in the State? It�s time to tap the explored possibilities in the field of trade, commerce and industries�.
On the tea industry, the Chief Minister urged the private tea planters to fully utilise the unused land allocated for tea plantation to tap the potentiality. �The government wants the tea industry to flourish by way of taking all possible measures. However, the government will not allow tea planters to keep unused land, he added.