Agartala: Bangladesh has agreed to allow India to use its Ashuganj port for transporting foodgrains to the Northeast region.

"Bangladesh Government last week allowed India to transport 10,000 tonnes of rice for Tripura which would come from Haldia port to Ashuganj port in Brahmanbaria district in Bangladesh. The grains would reach Agartala by trucks," Tripura Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bhanulal Saha said.

Earlier, Dhaka had allowed to transport heavy and over- sized machineries for the Palatana gas-based thermal power project through its territory. Palatana thermal power project in Gomati district would start generation commercially next month. Prime Minister Manmmohan Singh had laid the foundation stone for the 726 MW thermal project in 2005.


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