The central government has announced that the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tripura, which is to be set up along the Bangladesh border, will be a multi-sector one.
Earlier, it was decided that the proposed Tripura SEZ worth Rs 1550 crore at Paschim Jalefa in south Tripura was to be agro-based food processing SEZ. But as per the latest notification, the upcoming SEZs, including the one in Tripura will be multi-purpose one. It will now have rubber-based industries, textile and apparel units, bamboo and agri-food processing industries.
It may be mentioned here that the Tripura Special Economic Zone is expected to attract investments from Bangladesh across sectors and pen new avenues, considering its location. It is near the India-Bangladesh border town of Sabroom and it could generate employment for at least 12000 people.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that the aim of the SEZ along the Bangladesh border was to attract investments and boost economic growth of the state. Tea-based industries will also be set up at the SEZ, he added.
It may be mentioned here that 25 acres of land have been acquired for the SEZ. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has also extended railway lines up to two bordering sub-divisional towns of Sabroom and Belonia
The government-owned IRCON International has also been laying 12.23 km rail at a cost of Rs 972 crore to link Agartala with the Bangladeshi railway network at Akhaura. The Agartala-Akhaura railway line would facilitate easier ferrying of goods.
A bridge, Maitri Setu, which is under construction across the Feni river near the proposed SEZ, is set to be completed by April this year. Once completed, it will connect Tripura with southeast Bangladesh and facilitate transportation of goods to the Chittagong port, which is around 70 km from Sabroom.
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