S Jaishankar

India supplies 1,160 MW to Bdesh, another 1,500 MW in production: EAM – Business Standard

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar on Saturday said India is supplying 1,160 megawatts of electricity to Bangladesh and another 1,500 megawatts are already in the pipeline.

Speaking on the ‘NADI (River) Conclave 2022’ conference here, he also said that India is cooperating on a series of road projects in Bangladesh, including the improvement of Ashugang River Port Road to the Akhura Land Port under the $400 million Line of Control.

He said, “The road project linking Baruerhat Pramarah on the India-Bangladesh border, which will increase Tripura’s road connection with Bangladesh, is also underway under another $80.06 million itinerary.”

The minister said the overland movement of goods is carried out using 28 land customs stations (LCS) and three integrated checkpoints (ICPs) along the border.

He also noted that the Maitri Bridge over the Fini River, which links Sabroom in Tripura, to Ramgarh in Bangladesh, was inaugurated by both Prime Ministers in March 2021 and negotiations are also underway to activate the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement to ensure smooth traffic. .

With the success of four ‘border caps’ – two each in Meghalaya and Tripura, nine new caps (markets) are being created – three in Meghalaya, four in Tripura and two in Assam.

Jaishankar also said that cross-border power transmission lines and digital communication infrastructure provide additional dimensions of connectivity, adding that the international gateway between Agartala and Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is helping to provide faster internet access and broadband services in Tripura.

“We will review all these developments and more at the Joint Advisory Committee meeting with my Bangladeshi counterpart in mid-June,” he said.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also attended the “NADI Convlave-2022” organized by the Shillong-based Asian Confluence think tank.

Jaishankar said the emerging cooperative regional economy includes Nepal and Bhutan as well. A six-lane bridge across the Michi River connects Panitanke in West Bengal with Kakarpita in Nepal, facilitating the passage of Asian Highway-02 from India to Nepal. A road connecting Sikkim with eastern Nepal via the Chihua-Hanjiang border is also under construction as part of India’s Border Region Development Program.

With its completion, Sikkim will have access to the East-West Highway in Nepal, while boosting trade and tourism in both countries. He pointed out that the possibility of changing the game is clear.

The Minister of External Affairs said that hydropower also provides a great scope for cooperation, and this is even more important in the era of climate action. There is a well-established tradition in this regard between Bhutan and India and a rapidly emerging tradition now between Nepal and India.

He also said that with the launch of RuPay cards, Nepal is being integrated with Indian financial technology and payment systems. He added that the Prime Minister’s visit to Lumbini this month was the latest occasion to advance our cooperation with Nepal.

Noting that the Kaladan Intermodal Transit Transport Project is India’s most important undertaking in Myanmar, Jaishankar said it is also one of the toughest, both because of the terrain and because of the insurgency.

“The project includes a 158-kilometre waterway component on the Caladan River, from Sittwe to Palitwa, and a 109-kilometre road component from Pallitwa to Zorinbwe, on the India-Myanmar border in Mizoram. Efforts are underway to operate Sittwe port at the earliest. But let me To be honest about where we are. We have genuinely struggled with this highly complex project but are more determined than ever to spare no effort in getting it done.”

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