Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 2 December: Mizoram wants to import daily necessities from Bangladesh. Chief Minister Zoramthanga has given a proposal to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina in this regard.
A official of Bangladesh told Mizoram Post that the Chief Minister had made this proposal by telephone recently. Sheikh Hasina has responded positively to the proposal made by the Chief Minister.
Mizoram is facing a daily commodity crisis due to the recent blockade of national highways due to border disputes with Assam.
There have been several such problems in the past. For this reason, the state wants to import regular products like rice-pulses-salt-oil or cooking gas from Bangladesh as an alternative.
A high-ranking official in Dhaka said, ‘Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s personal relationship with Mizoram Chief Minister is also quite good.
Zoramthanga was scheduled to travel to Dhaka last March to attend the inaugural function of the Mujib Year. But that tour was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic’.
Bangladesh officials told Mizoram Post, ‘The infrastructure that exists at the border at the moment will not only make it easier to transport daily necessities from Bangladesh to Mizoram, but will also cost more. Therefore, the Chief Minister informed Sheikh Hasina about the plan to build infrastructure to make this process easier in future’.
The official told Mizoram Post, ‘The international land border of Bangladesh with Mizoram is about 443 km.
However, along the whole of this long border, the remote Chittagong Hill Tracts area is towards Bangladesh. Where very good commercial infrastructure has not been developed.’
Bangladesh has road connectivity with the town of Tlabung in Mizoram. The Mizoram and Bangladesh governments believe that this road network will be useful in bringing essential goods from Bangladesh on an emergency basis.