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27 October, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Tamabil Land Port begins full fledged operations today

JAGARAN CHAKMA
Tamabil Land Port begins full fledged operations today

Tamabil Land Port (TLP) is going to be commissioned as a full fledged land port from today raising the tally of land ports to 23. Finance minster AMA Muhith will inaugurate the new land port which was earlier a land customs station.

Bangladesh expects to export India and Bhutan 3991.26 lakhs tones goods and import 42.23 lakh tones through TLP by FY 2040-41.    

Of the 23 land port, 22 ports are connected with India and rest one is with Myanmar.  

Bangladesh mainly imports coal, leather and limestone from India and exports pickles, juice, chips and other goods to India through Tamabil port at Sylhet's Goainghat Upazila.

Bangladesh upgraded the land port aiming to expand trade and commerce with India and Bhutan through this land port. It is 60 kilometers away from Sylhet city and 300 kilometers from Dhaka.

Meanwhile, the Indian government carried out works to develop the its Dawki Land Custom Station situated at West Khasia district in Meghalaya state opposite to the Tamabil Land Port through declaring it as an Integrated Check Post (ICP).

According to the BPLA covers an area of 23.72 acre land with a warehouse 5550 tonnes capacity where 200 trucks can be parked at a time.

The BLPA has upgraded the port as the revenue increase significantly in the last six year. According to BLPA, Bangladesh earned Tk 100.48 crore in FY 2016-17 Tk 71.93 crore in FY 2015-16, Tk 61.10 crore in FY 2014-15, Tk 50.99 crore in FY 2013-14, Tk 41.18 crore in FY 2012-13, and Tk 37.19 crore in FY 2011-12 crore.

Besides some 10,000 passengers travel through the Tamabil-Dowki border every year while coal, granite and fruits are mainly being imported through Tamabil Land Port against the exportable items of cosmetics, processed food and bricks.

The official said that earlier the government would loss a huge amount of revenue every year for not having the necessary land port facilities especially weigh bridge and weighing scale to determine the weight of exportable and importable items.

A joint committee comprising representatives of both India and Bangladesh put forward a recommendation in 2010 to develop five land ports including Tamabil and four Land Customs Stations in India including Dowki after inspecting those.

Besides, the Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Company (IIFC) under the Economic Relations Division (ERD) conducted a feasibility study for the development of Tamabil Land Port in 2005.

Initially, 12 land custom stations in Bangladesh were declared as land ports in 2002. Since 2009 another eight land ports have been declared. Presently, the number of land ports is 23 of which 5 ports are in operation under BOT excepting Birol.

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