October 19, 2021, 12:56 pm
Sylhet Correspondent: The full land port is two more customs stations in Sylhet. Meanwhile, development work has started by declaring Sheola customs station at Beanibazar in Sylhet as a land port. And land acquisition work has started to upgrade Bholaganj customs station of Companyganj upazila to land port.
Although the infrastructural development work started on February 13 this year, the Sheola customs station was declared as a land port about six years ago. June 30, 2015. However, the land port was stuck in the announcement for so long. The algae activities were carried out with the infrastructure and manpower of the customs station. The service was also at the customs station. Finally, almost 6 years after the announcement, on 13 February, the process of transforming the algae into a full-fledged land port began. On the same day, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury inaugurated the infrastructural development activities of Sheola land port. The next day he went to Bholaganj customs station and assured that Bholaganj would be upgraded to a land port.
Before Sheola and Bholaganj, land port activities were started at Tamabil in Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet. Tamabil customs station was declared a land port in 2001. About 16 years later, in 2017, the activities of a full-fledged land port at Tamabil started. According to traders, the location of algae is opposite to the Indian state of Assam. As the communication with the seven states of India is relatively easy, the import-export will increase further if the land port is started here. They hope that import and export will increase through Bholaganj. However, Sheola and Bholaganj customs stations have been almost non-existent since the onset of corona infection. Import of coal and limestone has been stopped. Only small quantities of stone and algae are being imported through Bholaganj, customs station officials said.
Abul Kalam, an importer who imports fruits through algae stations, said it is relatively easy to import fruits from India through algae customs stations. Because the communication system here is good. According to the land port authority, the algae land port is being completed at a cost of Tk 124 crore. The project is being implemented by the Bangladesh Land Port Authority under the Ministry of Shipping. Work on the project has started with the funding of the World Bank under Bangladesh Regional Connectivity Project-1. The project is expected to be completed within the next two years.
Beanibazar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mausumi Mahbub said an algae land port is being constructed on about 25 acres of land. Under this project, godown, yard, security wall, webbridge scale, truck parking, domestic barracks will be constructed along with acquisition of new 9 acres of land outside the previous 15 acres. He said the customs station was being upgraded to a land port to boost regional trade. Meanwhile, Sheola visited Bholaganj customs station in Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet after inaugurating the development activities of the land port. He also said that Bholaganj will be upgraded to a full-fledged land port.
Sylhet Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Aslam Uddin said land acquisition work has started to make Bholaganj a full-fledged land port. We have already sent a proposal from the Ministry of Land to the Ministry of Shipping for the government khas land there. Soon this customs station will be declared as a land port. Welcoming the decision to upgrade Sylhet’s two customs stations to land ports, Sylhet Chamber of Commerce President Abu Taher said. The show has seemed a bit unfocused in recent episodes, however. Traders should also take care to get the full benefits of the land port.