Long-cherished Padma Bridge helps contribute to greater connectivity between 2 countries: Vikram Kumar Doraiswami

News Desk || shiningbd

Published: 6/22/2022 1:33:28 PM

Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, has said the long-cherished Padma Bridge will help contribute to greater connectivity between the two countries and in the region, supporting the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal) initiative.

"From that perspective, as a country that has long valued the opportunity to increase connectivity across the sub-region, we in India will be delighted," he told a small group of journalists yesterday (June 21, 2022) evening at the High Commission.

He attributed the achievement to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's "continuous and consistently courageous decision."

The high commissioner said, PM Hasina was proven correct in her decision to go ahead with this project and India looks forward to the blessings of "connectivity, economic progress and easier travel" that will come as a result of this major breakthrough.

"It is a major infrastructural project not just in terms of brick and steel," Doraiswami said, adding that it is a symbolic connection between the two parts of Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate Padma Bridge on June 25. "Congratulations Bangladesh! I congratulate every friend in Bangladesh on this momentous occasion," the Indian envoy said.

He said the bridge is the connector of more than just business – it is a connector of people, emotions and connector of culture of Bengal.

"So, it's a great moment for all Bengalis, not just the Bangladeshi people but even Bengalis in India who will join their brothers and sisters in Bangladesh in celebrating this huge achievement of the government and people of Bangladesh," said the high commissioner.

He said not just India, Nepal in particular will also have faster access to Bangladesh.

The Indian envoy said the principal purpose of the bridge is to facilitate the easier movement of people as well as goods and service. "I think it will have an important benefit on poverty alleviation programs, on economic activity."

Responding to a question on BBIN, he said logically the moment they can finalise the two protocols on movement of cargo vehicles and passenger vehicles, the bridge will naturally lend itself to faster movement of goods.

He said Indian companies are already attracted to invest in Bangladesh and obviously if logistics become easier and cheaper then immediately it makes more sense to be able to do more business in Bangladesh.

The Daily Star