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India gets access to transit routes through Bangladesh


India’s long-pending request for transit rights have been met through several transport agreements and framework arrangements signed between PM Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.


  • The erstwhile Khaleda Zia regime had strong reservations against granting such rights to Delhi and as a result, access to landlocked Northeast was not only delayed, but it also becomes dearer in the absence of routes through Bangladesh.
  • Current agreement  focuses on connectivity by road, rail, rivers, sea, transmission lines, petroleum pipelines and digital links that would give Delhi access to its Northeast and beyond South Asia through Bangladesh.
  • Granting transit routes is a win-win situation for Bangladesh and India as it will enable local entrepreneurs to access the markets in Northeast and beyond and greater people-to-people contact in a smoother fashion.

Source: ET

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