India and Bangladesh Launch First Trial Cargo Shipment

  • The first trial movement of vessels carrying stone aggregates from Maia Port in India to Sultanganj Port in Bangladesh successfully took place. 
  • The flag vessel M V Desh Bangla carrying stone aggregates was flagged off by Shri Shantanu Thakur from Maia Inland Customs Port in West Bengal. 
  • The move marks a new chapter of bilateral cooperation between India and Bangladesh, in line with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Act East Policy. 
  • The trial movement from Maia to Sultanganj through IBP routes no. 5 & 6 will add new dimensions to waterways-based transportation between India and Bangladesh. 
  • The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) has taken several infrastructure projects on National Waterways 1, Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route, and NW2 to improve connectivity with Bangladesh and the North Eastern Region through waterways. 
  • The operationalization of Maia Terminal is expected to shift 2.6 million tonnes per annum of Bangladesh-bound export cargo from road to waterways. 
  • The government of Bangladesh has agreed to carry out five trial runs of vessel movement between Maia and Sultanganj to improve bilateral trade. 
  • The government aims to increase India’s modal share of inland water transport to 5% by 2030 under the Maritime India Vision (MIV)-2030.
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