Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Bagdogra on Bangla radar for ties boost

Darjeeling: The Bangladesh government is keen on air connectivity to Bagdogra for improving trade and tourism with north Bengal, Nepal and Bhutan.
Interacting with journalists at Darjeeling Press Club, Bangladesh high commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali said the Sheikh Hasina government was in favour of flight services to Bagdogra and a visa facility at Siliguri.
“Not only will this improve trade ties between India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. it will provide people of this region better access to Bangladesh and the rest of southeast Asia,” he said.
At present, Bangladeshis have to travel to Kolkata and then to Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri. Indians residing in north Bengal need to travel to Kolkata to apply for a Bangladesh visa. Once a visa facility is available in Siliguri, travel documents can be processed there. Currently, the only international flight operating at Bagdogra is a Bhutan Airlines flight.
27/06/18 Deep Gazmer/Times of India
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