India and Bangladesh on Tuesday inaugurated a bridge over the river Feni connecting Tripura to Bangladesh even as a new World Bank study said transport connectivity between the South Asian neighbours would increase national income by as much as 17% in Bangladesh and 8% in India.
Inaugurating the bridge virtually, PM Narendra Modi said, “Agartala will become the closest city in the country to an international sea port.” Describing it as historic, Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina said, “Opening of any bridge is testimony to Bangladesh’s continued commitment to support our neighbour India in strengthening connectivity in the region, particularly for north-east India. The bridge over Feni river will also help Bangladesh’s trade with Nepal and Bhutan.”
A World Bank report also found that improved transport connectivity could yield a 297% increase in Bangladesh’s exports to India and a 172% increase in India’s exports to Bangladesh.
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