Border trade talks put off with Bangladesh due to 'Mahasen'

Last Updated: Thu, May 16, 2013 13:21 hrs

Agartala: A high-level talk between India and Bangladesh on setting up of border 'haats' (markets) was put off due to tropical storm 'Mahasen'.

"The meeting was scheduled to be held on Tuesday last but the Deputy Collector of Feni district of Bangladesh informed our Director for Industries and Commerce over telephone that the meeting was postponed due to cyclonic storm Mahasen," state Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury told reporters here today.

He said that the Bangladesh government in a circular has asked the officials not to leave station in view of the cyclone.

The meeting was scheduled to be held at Srinagar checkpost in Sabroom subdivision of south Tripura district, neighbouring Feni district of Bangladesh.

The cyclonic storm hit the Chittagong division of Bangladesh today.

Chowdhury hoped that the meeting would be held soon to finalise setting up of border haats in south Tripura district.

The first 'Border Haat' came up in 2011 at Kalaichar in Meghalaya's West Garo Hills district.

India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up eight more border haats in the north-eastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram to increase border trade between the two neighbouring countries.

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