News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

July 2023

India to Develop Eastern Grid Waterway Network

The Government of India plans to develop the Eastern Grid waterway with 5,000 km of navigable waterways, according to Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways. The Eastern Grid can potentially unlock multilateral trade worth $49 billion, boost regional integration, and accelerate development.

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Tags: India, Bangladesh, Waterways, Transport

February 2022

India Plans New Waterway Connectivity in Tripura

The Government of India will create a new waterway connectivity on the Gomati river in Tripura that will facilitate improved trade and movement between Bangladesh and India, and ease transport bottlenecks in the country’s northeastern region. Passenger and cargo vessels will use the new route once opened.

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Tags: Waterways, Transport, Shipping, Bangladesh, India

February 2022

Cargo Ship Sails from Bihar to Assam via Bangladesh

India flagged off a pilot run of a cargo ship using waterways from Patna Port in Bihar, India, for the Pandu Port in Assam, India, via the Jamuna River,Bangladesh, on 5 February 2022. This 2,350 kilometer route that will be traveled by the carrier MV Lal Bahadur Shastri commenced from India’s western part to its northeastern region, passing through Bangladesh, under the Bangladesh-India Protocol for Inland Water Trade and Transit.

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Tags: Waterways, Shipping, Transport, Bangladesh, India

May 2021

Commentary: Waterways Are Set to Be the New Highways of the Future

Inland waterway transport is cost-effective and will ease congestion on road and rail networks. In this article, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, National President, National Real Estate Development Council, discusses the potential benefits of developing inland waterway transport in India.

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Tags: Waterways, Connectivity, Transport

March 2021

Inland Waterways to Reduce Shipping Costs

A shipment of lychee drinks will be traveling through inland waterways from Narsingdi, Bangladesh, to Kolkata, India. According to Mr. Mohammed Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury, Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh, developing inland waterways will lower the cost of shipping and increase trade between India and Bangladesh.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Waterways, Transport, Trade

September 2020

Bangladesh, India Complete Trial Run on the Daudkandi–Sonamura Waterway Route

A trial run for the first export consignment from Bangladesh to Tripura, India, through inland waterways was conducted on 3–5 September 2020. The barge traveled 93 kilometers along the Meghna-Gomati river route carrying 50 tons of cement.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Waterways, Trade Facilitation, Transport

July 2020

Commentary: India-Bangladesh Expanded River Trade Opens Up Opportunities for Locals

The second addendum to the Protocol of Inland Water Transit and Trade, which was signed on 20 May 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, added 2 new water routes and 10 new ports of call to the protocol to facilitate bilateral trade. With the signing of the addendum, new opportunities are opening up for small producers and marginalized communities, according to this commentary by Mr. Bipul Chatterjee, Executive Director, CUTS International.

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Tags: India, Bangladesh, Trade, Ports, Waterways

May 2020

Bangladesh, India Add Water Routes for Trade

Bangladesh and India signed the second addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade to add two new water routes and 10 ports of call between the two countries. The new routes and ports will improve connectivity, facilitate trade, and spur economic development.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Ports, Trade Facilitation, Waterways

March 2020

Bangladesh Approves Revised Protocol on Inland Water, Transit, and Trade

The Bangladesh cabinet approved the draft of the second revision of the Protocol on Inland Water, Transit and Trade. This draft amends the existing agreement between Bangladesh and India on raising the number of ports of call between the two countries to deepen trade via waterways.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Ports, Waterways, Trade