SYLHET, Mar 12: The authorities are contemplating upgrading four land customs (LC) stations in Sylhet region to full-fledged land ports.
Two of the facilities are located in Sylhet and one each in Moulvibazar and Sunamganj districts.
Sources said a feasibility study on the proposed land ports at Bholaganj LC station at Companiganj, Zakiganj station, Chatlapore station at Kulaura and Barchhara station in Sunamganj is ongoing.
When asked, Dr Golam Manir, Sylhet customs, excise and VAT commissioner, said a process is underway for major development of 13 LC stations in the region.
Once implemented, the ports would bring a major shift in export and imports through Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya borders along the Sylhet region, he added.
"The Indian Seven Sister states are considered as a great business opportunity for this part of the country in near future," Mr Manir said.
"That is why, we need the overall development of the LC stations," the senior official told the FE.
The process of acquiring 300 acres of land is going on, he said, adding that Tk 110 million each has been allocated for the purpose in Sunamganj and Moulvibazar.
It is to be noted that the number of land ports in the country stands at 23.
Goods are imported through LC stations at Bholaganj, Zakiganj, Chhata, Chela, Bagli and Charagaon borders in Sunamganj, and Juri-Botuli and Chatlapore in Moulvibazar.
Import items include coal, stone, limestone, clinker, ginger, onion, betel leaf, helmet and grape.
Conversely, exportables include food items, cotton, plastic items, cement, melamine, furniture and fish.
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