NF Railways aims trade collaborations with Bhutan
Business development meeting held to promote logistic trade
Dimapur, Nov. 1 (EMN): A business development meeting was convened by Northeast Frontier Railway’s (NFR) Alipurduar division recently between NFR and the government of Bhutan with delegations from their foreign ministry, trade bodies and chamber of commerce, etc.
An update from the NFR issued on Nov. 1 informed that the meeting was held with an aim to promote trade collaborations between NFR and government of Bhutan towards supporting the logistics avenues for future linkages with the country.
The delegations from Bhutan visited Hasimara railway station where an infrastructure is being strategically developed by NFR for enabling trade with Bhutan.
‘A plan to build a siding along with a warehouse in collaboration with the Central Warehousing Corporation is underway to promote logistic trade with Bhutan. Indian Railways has already delivered its 1st consignment of goods to Bhutan through a multi-modal route consisting of 75 utility vehicles,’ the update informed.
The update further informed that the delegation intends to visit Changrabandha station in the near future while discussions related to movement of automobiles, cement, stone commodities etc and augmenting people to people connection and tourism development were also held.
The Alipurduar division officials relayed to the delegates of Bhutan government the vision of railways as the prime eco-friendly mode of transportation for goods logistic and as a sustainable option for mass movement in the country and also in South-East Asia.
‘Railway explained to the delegates of Bhutan government the cost competitiveness and strategic abilities to transport goods in bulk and expeditiously to markets across India and Bhutan. Indian Railways has already proposed new projects for cross-border linkages by laying a broad – gauge railway track from Kokrajhar in India to Gelephu in Bhutan,’ the update read.