The Rs 128.69 crores Maitre Setu, which connects South Tripura with Ramgarh of Bangladesh and provides access to the Chittagong seaport, is all set to be opened in a few months. Its construction was started in 2017 but it got delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
- The bridge has been taken over by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), the project execution authority which will recheck the safety standard of the work.
- The bridge will be dedicated to the nation after the confirmation of schedule from the Prime Ministers (PM) of India and Bangladesh, Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hassina respectively.
- Note – 1.9 Km long Feni Bridge also known as Maitree Setu is build over River Feni.
Benefits of Maitri Setu:
–Currently, the only sea trade access point of Northeastern states is the Haldia port covering road distance of 600Km to 1200 Km but Maitri Setu will reduce this distance from 75Km to 600Km for all Northeastern States.
–Also, it will open up new opportunities of development for the Southeast Asian countries by making Tripura as a trade hub.
Other Projects in Tripura:
–Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) is constructing a 12.03-km long new broad gauge railway line from Agartala (Tripura) to Akhaura in Bangladesh.
–The new airport in Agartala with all international facilities will initiate soon.
–There will be development of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Sabroom, Tripura.
Recent Related News:
i.The Government of Tripura contemplated a 3-year plan to introduce sex-sorted artificial insemination of cattle under the Mukhyamantri Unnoto(Unnat) Godhan Prakalpa(MUGP) scheme to make Tripura self-sufficient in milk production by ensuring that more cows are born through selective chromosome selection.
ii.On November 13, 2020 Biplab Kumar Deb launched Phase II of Indo-German Development Cooperation (IGDC) project at Ambassa in Dhalai district, Tripura. The Rs 280 crore project has been labeled as ‘Climate Resilience of Forest Ecosystems, Biodiversity & Adaptive Capacities of Forest Dependent Communities in Tripura’.
Chief Minister– Biplab Kumar Deb
Governor– Ramesh Bais
About National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL):
Managing Director (MD)– Keshav Kumar Pathak
Headquarter– New Delhi
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Road Transport & Highways