Posted on December 1, 2020
SILCHAR: The much-hyped resumption process to transport commercial goods through waterways with Bangladesh has come to a standstill despite the dredging of the Barak and the Kushiara rivers just after the ‘Namami Barak’ in 2016. The Indo-Bangladesh export and import agencies were looking forward to this safe and also affordable means of transport. But now, they are a worried lot. Recently as reported in The Sentinel, a mini ship loaded with cement from Bangladesh anchored at the Karimganj port, much to the delight of business men and the common people.
According to knowledgeable circles, dredging was completed from Silchar to Badarpur. Significantly, during the British regime and in the post-Independence period till the 1950’s, all-season navigational facilities with Bangladesh were in operation till the upper reaches of Lakhipur where a flourishing port met the requirements of the parties from Manipur and Tripura, besides the valley. The All India general secretary of BJP, Ram Madhav, during his last visit to Karimganj, said before leading citizens that he would urge the Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari to declare the ‘Karimganj Steamer Ghat’ as a port. However, nothing concrete has emerged till date. Everything is in the limbo.