‘Maitri Setu’ will give an impetus to the economic partnrship between India and Bangladesh

Inaugurating ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “connectivity is not only strengthening the friendship between India and Bangladesh but also proving to be a strong link of business too.”

The Prime Minister emphasized that the rail and water connectivity projects that have been realized in the recent years have been strengthened by this bridge.

“This will improve connectivity of South Assam, Mizoram and Manipur along with Tripura with Bangladesh and South-East Asia,” the Prime Minister said while inaugurating ‘Maitri Setu’ through video conference.

He said that the bridge will give an impetus to the economic opportunity in Bangladesh also.

The Prime Minister thanked the Bangladesh Government and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the cooperation in the completion of the bridge project. The Prime Minister said that the foundation stone of the bridge was laid during his visit to Bangladesh.

Dwelling on connectivity, he said now people will not have to depend only on the road for any kind of supply to the North-East. “Efforts are underway to connect Chittagong port of Bangladesh with North-East through an alternative route via the river. The ICP in Sabroom will work like a full-fledged logistic hub with warehouses and container trans-shipment facilities,” the Prime Minister said.

On this occasion, he also informed that the entire region is being developed as a trade corridor between Northeast India and Bangladesh.