Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the Maitri Setu that will link India and Bangladesh. The Maitri Setu has been built over the Feni river, which flows between the Indian boundary in Tripura and Bangladesh. The 1.9-km-long bridge joins Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh. The name of the bridge symbolizes the growing bilateral relations and friendly ties between India and Bangladesh. The construction of the bridge has been overseen by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.
While inaugurating the bridge virtually, PM Modi said, “The connectivity between Bangladesh and India will prove to be very important for the northeast region and for India and Bangladesh trade as well. This is a new trade corridor between India and Bangladesh.”
In a video message played at the event, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hailed the inauguration of the “Maitri Setu” as a “historic moment”. Hasina said, “We are creating a new era in South Asia through providing connectivity to India. We are in a region which has remained conservative in opening up and where regional trade is far below potential. I believe political boundaries should not become physical barriers for trade”.
“The bridge is poised to herald a new chapter for trade and people to people movement between India and Bangladesh. With this inauguration, Tripura is set to become the ‘Gateway of North East’ with access to Chittagong Port of Bangladesh, which is just 80 km from Sabroom,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in the statement.
Prime Minister Modi also laid the foundation stone for setting up an integrated check post at Sabroom which will help in easing the movement of goods and passengers between India and Bangladesh. The project has an estimated cost of about ₹232 crore, according to PMO’s statement.
Talking about the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) government in the state of Tripura, PM Modi said, “This is the result of a double engine government, BJP at the Centre and BJP in Tripura. Today, Tripura is witnessing progress as there is no commission or corruption at different levels of the government. Tripura has moved past its ‘hartaal culture’ and now has ease of doing business.”
PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of H-208 connecting the Unakoti district headquarters at Kailashahar with the Khowai district headquarters, state highways and other district roads with a financial outlay of ₹63.75 crore, 40,978 houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and multi-level car parking and commercial complex at Old motor stand.