Biman Bangladesh Airlines will fly twice a week to Guwahati from Dhaka from July 1.
Bangladesh government has approved the national carrier’s flight plan to bolster
connectivity with India’s landlocked north-eastern region.
stated by a Meghalaya government official on Thursday quoting Bangladesh High
Commissioner to India Tariq A Karim.
Karim had a meeting with Meghalaya
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma in Shillong on Wednesday.
Airlines would initially use their ATR aircrafts for the route but is likely to
deploy sophisticated Boeing 737s in the future, depending on the route’s
economic viability, the High Commissioner reportedly told the Meghalaya
India's Jet Airways, which in October 2012 had scrapped its
scheduled flights between Dhaka and Guwahati, has reportedly also shown interest
to resume its service on the same route.
Earlier, talking to journalists,
Karim had expressed his country’s “keen interest” in improving connectivity with
India's northeast, and Meghalaya, in particular, in view of their close
Karim said the Bangladesh government was studying the
Meghalaya government’s proposal for establishing 22 border ‘haats’ (traditional
markets) along the international border with the state.
government had requested the opening of 22 more border haats, which is under
examination and other states have also requested for the same. My government is
considering the proposal,” Karim said.
Karim conveyed to Sangma his
country’s keenness to take forward the proposal of the Meghalaya
“I have taken personal interest to promote closer
relationship with the Northeastern states. I call this a rediscovering and
reconnecting with each other (Bangladesh and northeast),” Karim
Describing the suggestion of the Meghalaya government to open more
border haats as innovative, Karim said, “The two border haats (Balat and
Kalaichar), which were first established between Bangladesh and India, were in
Meghalaya, and two more were with Tripura. So, four border haats are operating
Sangma and Karim also discussed roads, inland water ways and air
connectivity. “We are once again thinking in terms of river connectivity along
the Brahmaputra Basin because river transport is environment friendly,” Karim
Sangma informed that that the proposal for a Dhaka-Sylhet-Shillong
bus service would be taken up at the appropriate level.
The meeting also
discussed the need to upgrade the Tamabil-Dawki land custom stations on the
international border Meghalaya shares with Bangladesh.