New waterways with BD to make Tripura gateway of India's northeast

_A Monitor Report01 Jul, 2019 | 823 Views|-+
New Delhi : Tripura would be the gateway for the entire northeastern region and adjoining areas of India if new waterways are created between the state and Bangladesh. Therefore, the proposed Inland Water Transport project using the Gomati River must be expedited.

Biplab Kumar Deb, Chief Minister of Tripura said this at the fifth Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on June 15.

In order to boost tourism and trade in the state, he mentioned that the Union Tourism Ministry might help construct ropeways connecting the historic "Matabari" Tripura Sundari Temple and Chhabimura, the mountain wall on the banks of Gomati, famous for its rock sculptures.

The chief minister also demanded more CSR funds be invested in the northeast for relation of new infrastructure there.

"The public sector companies and undertakings should be allowed to spend at least 10 per cent of their CSR funds in the northeastern states. This will help in early implementation of 'HIRA' (Highways, Inland Waterways, Railways and Airways), the grand initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The initiative would not only boost tourism but also many other sectors in the region," he added.

Deb also requested for the amendment of the existing aviation guidelines to facilitate private operators to increase flight frequency to the Northeast. According to him, there is an urgent need to operate direct evening flights on New Delhi-Agartala route making travel convenient for the technocrats including doctors and health experts, government officials, private investors and many others.

The chief minister also asked for an increase in the State Disaster Response Fund from the existing INR38 crore since Tripura is a flood-prone state.

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