The cabinet on Monday approved in principle a draft to amend an agreement with Nepal allowing the latter to use another rail transit in Bangladesh for goods transportation.
The draft “Addendum to the protocol to the Transit Agreement between the government of the people’s republic of Bangladesh and the government of the federal democratic republic of Nepal” was approved at regular weekly meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The prime minister joined the virtual meeting through a videoconference from her official residence Ganabhaban, while other cabinet members got connected from Bangladesh Secretariat.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam briefed media.
He said Bangladesh already has a bilateral transit agreement with Nepal since 1976. However, Nepal recently asked us for using another rail transit route from Chapai Nawabganj’s Rahanpur to Nepal via India’s Singhabad.
If the amended agreement gets cabinet approval, goods transportation from Rahanpur to Nepal’s Birganj via India’s Singhabad will begin.
Currently Nepal is allowed to use Mongla and Chattogram ports. Nepal is also in talks with Bangladesh to use Saidpur airport, said the cabinet secretary.
BDST: 1958 HRS, AUG 10, 2020