Con­nect­ing North-east­ern states via Bangladesh

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The gov­ern­ment is work­ing on a plan to set up a wa­ter­way freight cor­ri­dor to con­nect the main­land with the north­east­ern states via Bangladesh at a cost of `5,000 crore. The move would sub­stan­tially re­duce the cost and time taken to trans­port goods to the eight North-east­ern states. The pro­posed 900km wa­ter­way would be used to trans­port freight from the north­ern and east­ern states to the north­east and would start near Hal­dia in West Ben­gal, go to the Sun­dar­bans, merge into the Padma river in Bangladesh and then join up with the Brahma­pu­tra in As­sam. Cur­rently, high­way con­nec­tiv­ity to the north­east­ern states is patchy and trans­porta­tion of goods by road en­tails a high cost and takes time. Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s es­ti­mate, the wa­ter­way could help re­duce the cost of trans­porta­tion by about 70 per cent.

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