Banglabandha land port on the Bangladesh India border opens immigration services
Immigration services at Banglabandha land port in Tetulia of Panchagarh, and the corresponding Fulbari land port in Jalpaiguri of the Indian state of West Bengal will begin today.
Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh jointly inaugurated the immigration services through the ports yesterday, Mohammad Salah Uddin, deputy commissioner of Panchagarh, said in a press meet at his office.
Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian high commissioner in Dhaka, was also present at the event. The final decision to offer immigration services at the land ports was taken at a meeting at the home ministry on Sunday.
Banglabandha has now become a full-fledged land port after launching immigration services, which will help flourish business activities and generate employment, said Ashraful Alam Patwary, president of Panchagarh Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
The Banglabandha-Fulbari land port has more potential than Benapole-Petrapole land port as it is very close to Siliguri, which is also known as the gateway to India's north-eastern region, Nepal and Bhutan, he said.
From Banglabandha, West Bengal's major commercial city Siliguri is just eight kilometres away; Nepal's Kakorvita about 58 kilometres, and the border of Bhutan is about 130 kilometres.
No other port of Bangladesh is closer to these places than Banglabandha, Patwary said.
Goods transit through Banglabandha border began in September 1997, and full trade services with India and Nepal were launched at the port in January in 2011.