Tripura BSF to supervise cross border commerce with B’desh

AGARTALA:  In an attempt to address trans-border crimes, the BSF Tripura Frontier has proposed to set up 12 border haats along the State’s international border with Bangladesh.

The BSF authority was of the view that fencing and guarding the border would not be well enough to ensure security along the border.

Providing livelihood for the border people is most essential to curb trans-border crimes along the State’s 856 km international border and setting up as many as 12 border haats  [village markets] might prove beneficial for the border population.

The BSF authority has also reasoned that smuggling would come down substantially once villagers of both sides get a chance to sell their products at the border haats.

“The BSF’s move was conveyed to the State Government when Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde visited the State to inaugurate the Integrated Check Post at Akhaura, near Agartala”, said Tripura Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury.

In reply, the State Government has readily backed the proposal of establishing the12 border haats to facilitate trade at the local level along the Indo-Bangla border.

Earlier, the State Government had sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to set up eight border haats along the State’s international border. The potential spots include Srinagar, Akinpur, Kasba, Bamutia, Kamalpur, Kailashahar, Dharmanagar and Sonamura.

Out of these, the Centre has approved four border haats to be opened along the State’s border with neighbouring Bangladesh.

Site selection for the border haats has already been completed and construction work will get underway by early next year.

Here it may be recalled that the trade volume through Akhaura ICP stands at Rs 300 crore. And the trade volume with Bangladesh would enhance substantially once the border haats get functional along the Indo-Bangla border.

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