Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Saturday urged the Bangladesh government to open Chittagong port to northeast India and facilitate the development of the landlocked region. “Sidelining the pending unresolved issues between the two countries, Bangladesh must allow the northeastern states of India to use the Chittagong international seaport to carry goods, food-grains, transport fuel, essentials and other items to and from northeastern states and rest of the world,” he said.
For the economic development of India`s northeastern states, rail, road, air, water and telecommunication connectivity between India and Bangladesh must be further strengthened, the Minister observed.
Without referring to the unresolved Teesta water sharing and trade related issues, the minister urged the Bangladeshi government not to mix up the issues of northeastern states with the other unsettled issues between the two neighbours. The Chief Minister was speaking at a border village, 132 km south of state capital Agartala, at the opening of a “gigantic memorial and park” built in memory of the Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi freedom fighters, who sacrificed their lives during the 1971 Liberation War.
After eight-year-long unrelenting efforts, the memorial and park has been built on 20.20 hectares land comprising valleys and plains at Chottakhola (in southern Tripura bordering eastern Bangladesh) at a cost of Rs 7 crore (over $1 million).