AGARTALA, Aug 10 - The State Government has been moved to take up with the Centre the issue of people residing beyond 5 km from a border haat not being allowed to visit or buy anything from the haat.
During the visit of an Indo-Bangladesh team to the Kamalasagar Border Haat in Sepajijala district, both sides underlined the need to stick to a 5-km barrier for �outsiders� at a particular border haat. After examining the ground position, the team asked the Joint Border Haat Committee of Kamalasagar to comply with the guideline. Accordingly, the committee has started execution of the instruction given by the Indo-Bangladesh team. However, it has adversely affected trade at the Kamalasagar Border Haat with fewer customers visiting the haat during the last two �market days�.
When contacted, an official of the Sepahijala district administration today confirmed the development, stating that the 5-km barrier existed in the agreement signed earlier. �We cannot ignore the decisions taken by a joint border haat committee. Now, it is up to the State Government to discuss the issue with Delhi,� he said.
�We have already moved the State Government to take up the issue with New Delhi because it involves Bangladesh,� said an Industries and Commerce Department official here.
This cannot be discussed without prior permission from Delhi and Dhaka, the official added, admitting that trade has declined at the border haat following the imposition of the restriction.