AGARTALA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed a "very positive" attitude to Indian proposals of allowing Ashuganj River Port of her country as a port of call and introduction of Agartala-Kolkata direct bus servive via Dhaka, a Tripura minister has said. State Industries and commerce minister Tapan Chakraborty along with an Indian delegation headed by MoS for Development of North Eastern Region VK Singh met Hasina during an Indo-Bangladesh business conclave on August 23 last and put forward seven proposals for connectivity, which also included access to Chittagong port, among others. "Sheikh Hasina expressed a very positive attitude towards our proposal and said Bangladesh had decided to allow other countries to use ports for mutual interests. India had stressed for better connectivity through the neighbouring country for the people living in the north eastern states of the country," Chakraborty told reporters last evening. Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma was also in the Indian delegation, he said. Recently 5,000 metric tonnes of foodgrains were ferried from Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh to the Tripura capital via Kolkata and Ashuganj ports, Tripura Transport minister Manik De had said.
Sourced: Economic Times,