Faster grain transport to northeast on cards as Bangladesh agrees to open shorter river route

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SummaryIndia has negotiated a deal with Bangladesh to transport subsidised food grain meant for northeastern states through the neighbour’s territory.

get grain on time.

For transporting goods, essentials and heavy machinery from abroad and other parts of the country to the northeast, India has been demanding land, sea and rail access through Bangladesh, with which India shares a 4,000-km border.

During prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi two years ago, India and Bangladesh agreed to amend the bilateral Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade to declare Ashuganj in Bangladesh and Silghat in India as ports of call.

Last month, Bangladesh’s agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury met her Indian counterpart Sharad Pawar in New Delhi and discussed the transport of grain.

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