Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha said on Monday that the 1.9 km long Maitri (Friendship) bridge over the river Feni will be operational soon. The bridge connects Tripura’s Sabroom sub-division to Chittagong port in Bangladesh (80 km by road distance), unlocking the state’s trade potential through waterways.
Briefing media persons here in Agartala after meeting with investors from different parts of India, Dr. Saha said, “The G-20 Science Summit has given global exposure to Tripura. Some of the investors who have come here from different parts of the country are very keen to sign MoUs with the Government of Tripura for various sectors. We had a detailed discussion on various topics related to what kind of incentives the Tripura government is offering to the investors”.
According to the Chief Minister, the state government is more focused on tapping the possibilities of medical tourism.
“Thousands of Bangladeshi nationals use Tripura as a corridor to enter India and then travel to other Indian cities for treatment. If a state-of-the-art medical college and hospital is built in Agartala, the whole scenario can change. They can get treatment here in Agartala and the money will come to the market in Tripura. This will also create employment opportunities. I have told all private entities that whatever investment comes from your side, employment of local people should be created for it,” the chief minister told media persons.
He said that apart from hospitals, sectors such as food processing, electric vehicles, pharmaceuticals, tea, rubber and agarwood are some of the areas where huge scope for investment exists. “As per the information we have, Maitri Setu will be operational very soon and it will bring immense benefits to the state in terms of trade and commerce and when investors see the benefits they will definitely come,” he added.