Dhaka/Agartala: Signalling burgeoning Indo-Bangla ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated 100 MW power supply from Tripura to Bangladesh while premier Sheikh Hasina launched the export of 10 GBPS Internet connectivity to India simultaneously.
India started supplying 100 MW power from Tripura’s Palatana to Comilla while Bangladesh launched supply of 10 GBPS bandwidth from Cox’s Bazar to Agartala.
“In this age of interdependence, the two countries would further strengthen its ties and it is a significant day that both are promoting the ways of development,” Modi said during the programme organised via video-conferencing.
Hasina said that “the relation between the countries has further consolidated through the supply of power and internet bandwidth.”
“Bangladesh would observe its National Day on March 26 and I pay my respect to the memory of the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh. The era of good relations began during the time of ‘Bangabandhu’ between the two countries which still continues,” Modi said.
He was referring to ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of Bangladesh and the father of Prime Minister Hasina.
The eight north-eastern states would be immensely benefited with the opening of the third international Internet gateway, Modi said, adding that Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan have made considerable development in road links.
“Now India and Bangladesh is connected through water, surface communication and air. We want to be connected with Bangladesh though space also,” Modi said.
Modi also congratulated India and Bangladesh cricket teams for their World Twenty20 tie in Bengaluru. Hasina described “interconnectivity” as the “next frontier” of bilateral cooperation with India.
“It’s not only physical connectivity that we want to achieve, rather connectivity of all types — virtual connectivity, connectivity of minds, knowledge, ideas and peoples (which we want to attain),” she said.
“Today is yet another important and happy occasion in Bangladesh-India relations…exchanging electricity and (Internet) bandwidth is a ‘fine display’ of mutuality of our relationship,” the Bangladeshi Premier said. Hasina said she also believes that regional connectivity would unlock the endless potentials of the region.
“We have agreed on the BBIN framework for sub-regional cooperation in road-rail networks, power grids and power trading to begin with. Under this, we are in the process of identifying hydropower projects in Bhutan and Nepal for joint development and investment,” she said.
Tripura’s Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, on the invitation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, also joined the programme from Agartala through video-conferencing.