Dhaka – Dhaka has signed a deal with New Delhi to allow India to transports petroleum products to one of its isolated North Eastern states through Bangladeshi territory, officials said on Thursday.
A press statement issued by the External Publicity wing of the Foreign Ministry said Bangladesh allowed the new route for transportation of petroleum products to Tripura through Assam on humanitarian ground.
The decision came following Indian government requested Bangladesh to do so as most of the roads towards Tripura washed away because of rain-triggered floods in those part of India.
The press statement said petroleum stocks in Tripura were dried and that the residents were in dire consequences.
Considering the fact on humanitarian grounds, Bangladesh government has accepted permission for the movement of petroleum goods through the territory of Bangladesh till September 2016, ministry officials said.
The products include motor spirit, high-speed diesel, superior kerosene oil and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
Roads and Highways Department of the Government of Bangladesh and Indian Oil Corporation Limited, a public-sector unit under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, the government of India signed the MoU.
Carrying the petroleum goods, trucks will now ply through Dawki (Meghalaya) – Tamabil (Bangladesh) – Chatlapur (Bangladesh) – Kailasshar (Tripura) routes, according to Indian High Commission in Dhaka.