DHUBRI: Despite the fact that the business environment had a detrimental impact on the public and business community during this critical pandemic period, as many as seven Bangladeshi vessels visited Dhubri using Indian waterways as a trade route.
In the meantime, the Inland Waterways Authority (IWA) of India has begun the International Trade from the river port of Panchughat in Dhubri town as a positive sign.
Some of the Bangladeshi nationals on board as crew members of the vessel that arrived at Panchughat, Dhubri on July 5 underwent a COVID-19 test at the Panchughat terminal, reports suggest.
All seven Bangladeshi vessels are fully loaded at the Dhubri wharf to transport some tons of rocks exported from Bhutan which will be sailing soon for Bangladesh through river Brahmaputra.
According to Nurul Islam, Bangladesh Vessel Sailor, once the ship’s crew has completed all relevant papers, the authorities will allow the vessel’s crew members to sail from Panchughat, Dhubri, India to Chilmari River Port in Bangladesh.
On July 12, 2019, the river port of Dhuburi’s Panchughat, which was a significant river port during British rule, was restored for international trade, ushering in a new horizon.
A Bhutanese company called ‘Bhutan Mines and Minerals’ exported 1000.5 metric tons of stone to Narayanganj in Bangladesh.
This was the beginning of the International Trade by river from Assam and the North East.
Continuing that trend, Bhutan continues to export stone to Bangladesh through this shipyard, which has a history of Dhubri.
This local river port of the Inland Waterways Authority of India is expected to re-emerge on the map of the country’s International River Ports as early as the post-independence era.
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