Giving a boost to the bilateral trade between Assam and Bhutan, CM Sonowal recently inaugurated an Indo-Bhutan Border Trade Centre at Darranga in Tamulpur, Baksa District. Sonowal termed it as a ‘red-letter day’ and shared that the trade centre will lead to the strengthening of Indo-Bhutan relations.
The Chief Minister also stated that the border trade centre is a result of cooperation of the people of the four districts, namely Baksa, Udalguri, Chirang and Kokrajhar, extended to the State government. He also revealed that the government has decided to construct 264 km of border roads for the development of four Bodoland districts.
From the historic period, the Bhutanese kept their trade relation with the plains of Assam through the usual ‘duars’ (gates) since long. There were nine such duars on Assam frontier of Bhutan. They were – Charduar (Chariduar), Kariapar, Buriguma, Kalling, Gharkola, Boksa, Chapaguri, Chapakhamar, and Bijni.
The objective of the new Border Trade Centre is to promote sustainable growth of trade exchange and encourage trans-border economic enterprises, which shall, in turn, promote peace and amity between the two nations.
‘Moreover, the newly introduced Druk Air flight connecting Paro-Guwahati-Singapore would take India’s relation with ASEAN countries to new heights. The State government, with the active support of the central government, will revive the Rupsi Airport in Dhubri and revival work would start from next month,’ Sonowal added.