In a bid to strengthen the bilateral trade between Assam and Bhutan, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday inaugurated Indo-Bhutan Border Trade Centre at Darranga in Tamulpur of Baksa district.
With the inauguration of this centre, the trade volume between Assam and Bhutan, which has been going on since centuries, is expected to reach new heights.
Sonowal termed the day as a red letter day and said the inauguration of the trade centre will lead to the strengthening of India-Bhutan relations.
Stating the inauguration of the trade centre as a spontaneous response from the people of Assam, especially those residing in Baksa, Udalguri, Chirang and Kokrajhar districts, to the prevailing peaceful situation in the state, the Chief Minister said the centre is a result of cooperation of the people of the four districts extended to the state government.
The objective of the Border Trade Centre is to promote sustainable growth of trade exchange and trans-border economic enterprises which shall, in turn, promote peace and amity between the two nations that is continuing since time immemorial.
The minister said for the development of the state, especially the BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts), 264 km of border roads touching four BTAD of the state would be constructed.
The Chief Minister thanked both Bhutan and Bangladesh for opening their consulates at Guwahati, which has given renewed thrust to the relations with the countries neighbouring Assam. He added that the newly introduced Druk Air flight connecting Paro-Guwahati-Singapore would take India's relation with ASEAN countries to new heights.
He said the state government, with the support of the Central government, would revive the Rupsi Airport in Dhubri, work for which would start from next month.