Ekush not only about movement, but also about dev: Mamata

22 Jul,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Terming July 21 a historic day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the relations between Bangladesh and India will be strengthened further with increased business through better connectivity.

“Today is a historic day. It reminds me again that Ekush (21) does not end with any movement only, Ekush talks about development, too,” she said.

The West Bengal Chief Minister made the remark while delivering her speech during the inauguration of Benapole-Petrapole Integrated Check Post through videoconferencing.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated it by joining respectively from Dhaka and Delhi. Mamata joined from Kolkata in the videoconference.

She said Bangla (West Bengal) loves Bangladesh always and its relations with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal will grow further in the days to come.

“We’ve extended all the supports, and we’re willing to give all the support in the future to further develop Indo-Bangladesh border,” Mamata said.

She said West Bengal’s relations with Bangladesh are everlasting and it is green. “Both countries must work together. Both the countries must be developed and must share their views for better future.”

Referring to rail connectivity between Dhaka-Kolkata, Mamata said it boosted the two countries’ integrity and unity.

Petrapole-Benapole is a very important land border crossing for Bangladesh-India trade and around 70-80 percent of the India-Bangladesh trade passes through Petrapole, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.

Trade worth around US$ 5 billion takes place at Petrapole, which is more than all the other Indian Land Ports and Land Customs Stations put together. Approximately 1.2 million people and 150,000 trucks cross Petrapole-Benapole every year.

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