NEW DELHI Dec 8: In reply to the question raised by AUDF MP Badruddin Ajmal, Union Minister for State for Shipping Mukul Roy informed the Lok Sabha yesterday that there are four ports in each country through which inter-country trade through inland waterways takes place. These are Narayanganj, Khulna, Mongla and Sirajganj in Bangladesh and Kolkata, Haldia, Karimganj and Pandu in India.
He further said that protocol between India and Bangladesh on inland water transit and trade which emanated from Article VIII of the Trade Agreement between the two countries was renewed in March, 2009 for a period up to March 31, 2011. The protocol includes various terms and conditions for its work covering issues such as conservancy and pilotage, handling facilities, supply of bunkers, assistance to be provided to the vessels in distress, recognition of survey certificates and other documents, sharing of inter-country trade and transit cargo, customs checks and documentation and others. THE SENTINEL