Dhaka: It will not be likely to provide transit facility to India before next year, a senior Bangladesh minister said on Tuesday. This is because work on the project cannot be concluded early, finance Minister AMA Muhith said.
Muhith told that “We will take time and do not want to do anything in a hurry.” He said that deadlines would be set for giving different transit facilities during Indian PM Manmohan Singh’s Dhaka visit that began Tuesday.
On Sunday, foreign minister Dipu Moni said that no transit deal will be signed during Manmohan Singh’s visit.
But a letter of exchange will be signed, which will state what Bangladesh will do to formulate transit facilities effective. The finance minister said the letter of exchange will refer to that transit deal will be signed although defining the routes is not likely at this moment. This will be determined mutually, he added.
At present, there are fixed fees for use of river and rail routes but these will be reviewed and charged on the basis of goods and mileage. This will not be fixed every year, Muhith said.
According to the reports, Nepal and Bhutan will also be allowed to use 2 sea ports of Bangladesh, Chittagong and Mongla. A meeting with the 2 countries is expected to be held in November.