Agartala, Aug 09, 2014 : To cope up with the blockade period due to the railway conversion work and having the consignment of 5000 tonnes of food gains sent through neighbouring Bangladesh's Ashuganj port, the state government is intending to utilise the aforesaid route to store more food grains for the people of the state.
Relating to the same, newly appointed Chief Secretary (CS) G.Kameswara Rao had a talk with union Cabinet Secretary A.K.Seth about the feasibility of dispatching one lakh metric tonnes of rice along the same transit.
"I have spoken to the Cabinet Secretary yesterday for dispatching one lakh metric tonnes of rice via Ashuganj port because of the conversion of railway tracks and resultant block along the Lumding-Agartala stretch for six months from next October 1," Chief Secretary G K Rao told reporters here.
The government's optimism to explore the Andhra-Bangladesh-Tripura route stemmed from the successful reaching of the FCI consignment to Agartala since yesterday in Bangladeshi trucks after being shipped through Ashuganj river port in the neighbouring country.
FCI's move to send the bulk quantity of the essential article saved a lot of time and money.
The shipment had a journey from Andhra Pradesh's Kakinada to Agartala's Nandannagar through Bangladesh's Ashuganj port.
"Due to the impending rail line obstruction due to the conversion of tracks, transportation of food grains would be hit in Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam if alterntives were not chalked out, and the cabinet secretary held video-conferencing with the chief secretaries of the affected states to discuss the issue yesterday",informed Mr.Rao.