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Mujibnagar-Nadia cross-border road may be opened during Modi's visit

| Updated: January 28, 2021 20:55:21

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The road connecting Mujibnagar in Meherpur to Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal may be inaugurated during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka, foreign ministry sources said.

Mr Modi is scheduled to visit Dhaka on March 26 to celebrate the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen who is scheduled to fly to Dellhi on Thursday morning said during his meeting with his counterpart issues related to connectivity, water, trade and border will be discussed.

The possibility of inaugurating the Mujibnagar-Nadia road dubbed as 'Shadhinata Sarak' during the visit of the Indian Prime Minister will also be discussed, he said.

Bangladesh has proposed to start the road link to mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of the country.

The first government of the country was formed in Mujibnagar in 1971.

Bangladesh leaders who took shelter in Kolkata in the face of genocide carried out by the Pakistani army, arrived Mujibnagar through the Nadia road.

The 25km long road remained abandoned for long.

Many people from India want to visit the historical Mujibnagar, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told the FE recently.

The foreign secretary on Wednesday said the FS level talks in Delhi will mainly deal with the preparations of the Indian Prime Minister's Dhaka visit.

Replying to a question, he said Bangladesh does not want to stall negotiations on water sharing of six other common rivers due to the postponement of the Teesta Deal.

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