SHILLONG: 5 May 2023 (PTI Source)
The West Jaintia Hills Land Port newly build in Dawki, Meghalaya, was inaugurated by Union Minister Nityanand Rai on Thursday, marking a significant milestone in the strengthening of Indo-Bangladesh Trade & Commerce.
The land port is set to become a crucial hub for transportation and trade, enabling the movement of goods, people, and vehicles across the border. The Land Port in Dawki boasts world-class infrastructure, including godowns, canteens, cargo facilities for tourists, and an electric substation, to cater to the needs of both countries.
In his address, Rai expressed his enthusiasm for the new land port and its potential to boost tourism and business in the region. He emphasized the importance of bringing together all stakeholders under a single roof to facilitate smooth operations. Rai also highlighted the deep cultural ties and brotherhood that India and Bangladesh share, which is reflected in their cooperation and joint efforts towards progress.
Located in the picturesque West Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya, the Dawki Land Port is about 55 km from the district headquarters, Jowai, and 84 km from Meghalaya's capital, Shillong. Its counterpart in Bangladesh is the Tamabil Land Port, situated in the Sylhet district. The inauguration was attended by senior officials from both governments, including India's High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Pranay Kumar Verma, and the Chairman Land Port Authority of Bangladesh, Mohd Alamgir.
The Union Minister also praised the Prime Minister's efforts towards the development of the Northeast region and lauded the government's initiatives to improve the health, education, and lifestyle sectors of Meghalaya. Rai expressed his admiration for the natural beauty of Dawki, which left him spellbound and promised to continue supporting the region's growth and development.
The inauguration of the Dawki Land Port represents a significant step towards fostering trade and cultural exchange between India and Bangladesh and boosting the economic growth of the region.