The much-awaited Maitri Setu bridge between Indian and Bangladesh was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for eight other infrastructure projects together worth Rs 3,518 crore.

While inaugurating the bridge virtually, PM Modi said, “The connectivity between Bangladesh and India will prove to be very important for the northeast region and for India and Bangladesh trade as well. This is a new trade corridor between India and Bangladesh.”

Maitri Setu, which spans 1.9 kilometeres connecting Sabroom in Tripura and Ramgarh in Bangladesh, has been built over the trans-border Feni river. The construction was taken up by the India’s National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd at a project cost of Rs 133 crore.

Welcoming the launch, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a video message, said that the inauguration of the 1.9-km- long ‘Maitri Setu’ would herald a new chapter in relations between the two neighbours.

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“Opening of any bridge is testimony to Bangladesh government’s continued commitment to support our neighbour India in strengthening connectivity in the region, particularly for Northeast India,” the Bangladesh Prime Minister said.

With Maitri Setu, Tripura is set to become the ‘Gateway of North East’ with access to Chattogram port which is just 80 km from Sabroom.

Furthermore, PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for setting up an Integrated Check Post at Sabroom which will help ease the movement of goods and passengers between the two countries.