India and Bangladesh have signed an agreement to connect the two countries via new waterways.
The Economic Times reported India’s Minister for Road Transport, Highways & shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya, as saying that the initiative would take advantage of the major rivers along the two countries’ border by creating new passages to transport people and cargo.
“The new waterways would enable transportation of people and goods by ships. They would be set up by using the major rivers of Bangladesh, West Bengal and the Brahmaputra in Assam,” the minister told reporters in northeast India’s Tripura state, which borders Bangladesh.
He added that the rivers would be dredged and that the first waterways would open later this year.
India and Bangladesh share a 4,095km border, of which 1,116km is through rivers. This is the latest initiative to enhance transport links between India and Bangladesh, with new road and rail projects also being developed.