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Padma Bridge connects people, emotions and culture of Bengal: Indian envoy

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June 22, 2022, 10:50 a.m.

Last modification: June 22, 2022, 10:52 a.m.

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami. Photo: Collected

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Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami. Photo: Collected

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, said the much-loved Padma Bridge will contribute to greater connectivity between the two countries and in the sub-region supporting the BBIN initiative.

“From this perspective, as a country that has long appreciated the opportunity to increase connectivity in the sub-region, we in India will be delighted,” he told a small group of reporters on Tuesday evening. at the High Commission.

He attributed the achievement to the “continuous and consistently courageous decision” of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The High Commissioner said that she (Prime Minister Hasina) was right in her decision to go ahead with this project and that she looks forward to the benefits of “connectivity, economic progress and ease displacements” that will result from this major breakthrough.

“It is a major infrastructure project, not just in terms of brick and steel,” Doraiswami said, adding that it is a symbolic link between the two parts of Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina is due to inaugurate the much-loved Padma Bridge on June 25.

“Congratulations to Bangladesh! I congratulate all friends of Bangladesh on this momentous occasion,” the envoy said.

He said the bridge is the connector of more than business – a connector of people, emotions and the connector of Bengal culture.

“So this is a great moment for all Bengalis, not just the people of Bangladesh but also the Bengalis in India who will join their brothers and sisters in Bangladesh in celebrating this huge achievement by the government and people of Bangladesh,” said the high commissioner.

He said not only Bangladesh and India, Nepal in particular will also have faster access to Bangladesh.

Doraiswami said he was the first country to say they would support the move, including financial support when the government of Bangladesh decided to go it alone on the mega project.

Responding to a question, he said it was a difficult decision for Bangladesh to make, but it was a “courageous” decision and history has proven the prime minister right.

The Indian envoy said the main purpose of the bridge was to facilitate the movement of people as well as goods and services. “I think it will have a significant benefit on poverty programs, on economic activity.”

Responding to a question on BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal), he said that logically, as soon as they can finalize the two protocols for the movement of goods and passenger vehicles, the bridge will naturally lend itself to faster movement of goods.

He said Indian companies are already attracted to invest in Bangladesh and obviously if logistics becomes easier and cheaper, it immediately makes more sense to be able to do more business in Bangladesh.


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