Dhaka:: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that ‘Maitri Setu’ is a new trade corridor between India and Bangladesh.
“The connectivity between Bangladesh and India will prove to be very important for the northeast region and for India and Bangladesh trade as well,” said Modi while inaugurating the bridge virtually, reports Hindustan Times.
Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Maitri Setu’ between India and Bangladesh on Tuesday along with other infrastructural projects in Tripura.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also addressed the event and congratulated both the countries for the inauguration of the bridge.
“This is a historic moment as we are creating a new era in South Asia by providing connectivity to India. Political boundaries should not become physical barriers to trade,” Hasina said.
‘Maitri Setu’ bridge which spans 1.9 kilometres joining Sabroom in India with Ramgarh in Bangladesh, has been built over Feni river which flows between Indian boundary in Tripura and Bangladesh.
The name of the bridge symbolises 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.
“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.