Calcutta, November 8
Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port, Kolkata (SMPK) plans to complete the trials between Mongla and Tamabil, Tamabil-Chittagong, Chittagong-Sheola and from Mongla to Bibirbazar by December this year.
India has explored new routes for shipping goods to northeastern states using ports in Bangladesh as transhipment hubs. The use of Chattogram and Mongla ports in Bangladesh for the movement of goods to and from the North East region is an important step in the direction of Act East policy.
For India in particular, transit and transhipment through Bangladesh is important, as it is expected to boost the economy of the northeast region.
Mongla and Chattogram (Chittagong) would basically act as possible transit hubs and goods can be shipped from SMP Kolkata to these two ports and from there they can be shipped by road to the North Eastern states of Assam, of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura.
According to Samrat Rahi, IRS, Vice President, SMP, Kolkata, the four trials were divided into two parts. The first trials of Mongla at Tamabil and Mongla at Bibirbazar were carried out with Maersk Line India Pvt Ltd. and the remaining two trials from Chittagong to Sheola and Tamabil to Chittagong were done with CJ Darcl Logistics Ltd. as a partner.
Ensuring the development of connectivity is imperative to transform the eastern and north eastern states of India and to operationalize the ACMP for the movement of goods, it is important that SMP Kolkata completes the trials.
“The trial movement of Indian cargo, from West Bengal, via Chattogram and Mongla Port with final destinations in Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya is successfully carried out and the cargo is delivered to customers in North East India. “India. Tamabil’s return move to Chittagong is coming to an end today well ahead of schedule,” Rahi told reporters here on Monday.