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New Delhi Correspondent
Bangladesh and India on Monday discussed the timeline for setting up the six new Border Haats along the border with Tripura state that had earlier been agreed to by both sides and the roadmap for further expansion of existing Haats.
The first two-day meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Committee on Border Haats held on July 22-23 in Tripura state’s Agartala, capital city of Tripura, noted the positive impact of Border Haats on the livelihoods of the people living in areas adjoining the Haats.
Extensive discussions were held on issues related to review of operations of the four functional Border Haats and suggestions for improvemen, a statement of Indian Commerce and Industry Ministry said.
It was agreed that the next meeting would be held in Bangladesh on mutually agreed dates.
The Joint Committee visited the Border Haat at Kamlasagar (Sipahijala district of Tripura) – Tarapur (Brahmanbaria) on July 22, appreciated its vibrant functioning and noted the need for improvement of infrastructure there.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Border Haats between India and Bangladesh signed on April 8, 2017 provides for establishment of a Joint Committee to review the border haats operations, suggest modifications in the operational modalities and propose new locations of Border Haats