Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Obaidul Quader, minister for road transport and bridges, is now visiting India from May 16-20 to strengthen cooperation with regard to roads and road connectivity between the two countries.
Mr. Quader is scheduled to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Nitin Gadkari at the Parivahan Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday to finalise the modalities of a bus service between Dhaka and Guwahati ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit Bangladesh next month, diplomatic sources hinted.
“The Minister will hold discussions on strengthening cooperation with regard to roads and road connectivity between India and Bangladesh,” an Indian High Commission press statement said in Dhaka on Sunday.
Indian Prime Minister Modi is likely to flag off the bus service that will connect the two countries via Shillong route, during his visit to Bangladesh.
Another key issue on the agenda between Quader and Gadkari would be the bilateral motor vehicles agreement which is expected to boost bilateral trade.
The agreement will eliminate the need of loading-unloading at check points as trucks of the two countries will then be able to move seamlessly into each other’s territories.
Two ministers are also expected to discuss a direct bus link between Dhaka and Kolkata via Agartala.