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Palatana plant tools reaches Bangla port
Published on 13 Mar. 2011 12:42 AM IST
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The first ship carrying huge equipment for the ONGC’s Palatana power project in Tripura has reached the Ashuganj River port in Bangladesh port from Kolkata.
Sources from Brahmanbaria in Bangladesh said the ship, which had left the Khidderpore dock in Kolkata on February 22, reached the Ashuganj port on Wednesday. The 726 MW gas power project would come up at Palatana in South Tripura district.
Foundation of the `4,500-crore project was laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 29, 2005. However, the major hindrance to the project was bringing in the power plant equipment to Tripura by trucks through NH-44 that passes through hilly terrain with thousands of hairpin turns.
The problem was solved when Bangladesh agreed to allow transshipment of heavy machineries for the Palatana project following an Indo-Bangla accord during Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi in January last year. India sought Dhaka’s approval for allowing transportation of the massive equipment through its sea and land territory to reach land-locked Tripura.
The arrival of the ship at Ashuganj river port marks the success of the Indo-Bangla Accord signed in January 2010.
The agreement was followed by another MoU, in fact the first one between the two neighbors, on “multi-modal transit” in Dhaka.
The MoU, signed by R K Madan, senior adviser and Director of ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC), and Azizur Rahman, Bangladesh chief engineer of the Roads and Highways, was a part of a 50-point joint communiqu’ issued on January 12 during the Bangladeshi PM’s visit to New Delhi. The MoU will be valid till June 2012. It is expected that as many as 96 Over-Dimensional Cargos will be brought to Palatana near the temple town of Udaipur. Each cargo will be about 120-ft long and 20-mtr wide.
According to the agreements, India would bear the expenses for developing of Ashuganj port terminal and the road constructions. Total expenditure was initially estimated at Bangladeshi Taka 25.50 crore.

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