National General Secretary of BJP, Ram Madhav with senior cabinet ministers from Assam, Tripura and Nagaland recently invited Chinese investments for the first-time, which was shunned till now due to security concerns in the border areas. He declared that India has a major plan for the development of its Northeastern states by connecting them with Bangladesh’s Chittagong port.
Madhav highlighted the plan prepared for the development of Northeastern states by providing the region direct access to Bangladesh’s Chittagong port instead of shipping goods all the way from Mumbai and Chennai ports. ‘Northeast is a special focus area for our government, so we are connecting Tripura with Chittagong port, which is about 90 miles. Through Chittagong port, the entire Northeast is connected with ocean trade,’ he added.
Presently, goods to the Northeast are brought by rail and road from Mumbai or Chennai through Kolkata to Guwahati. Connecting Chittagong port to the Northeast will ease the trade. ‘South West China can use Northeast as hub to get to the Indian Ocean through Chittagong. We have not explored much and we have planned to give access to China to the Indian Ocean. And the Chittagong port is an excellent opportunity,’ he said.
The Chittagong port is the busiest seaport on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal. Madhav shared that the Northeast connects with five countries, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and China through Tibet.