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Boost for Barak Valley of Assam as Bangladesh announces opening of Visa centre at Silchar

Guwahati, Feb 20: Giving a much needed boost to international travel and the long standing demand from the citizens of Assam’s three districts in the Barak Valley, the Bangladesh Government has announced that it is going to open its visa Centre in Silchar to facilitate smooth travelling for people keen to visit the country.

Ruhul Amin, Bangladesh’s Assistant High Commissioner in Guwahati, announced the decision, highlighting the significant demand for visas from Barak Valley, which comprises Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi districts.

“The date of opening of such a facility is yet to be decided, but it will be done soon. Applications will be received and visas for a trip to Bangladesh will be issued from here,” Amin said.

The upcoming centre will solely function to process visa application, facilitating smoother travel arrangements to Bangladesh.

Earlier, a market was proposed to be set up on 500 bighas of land on the bank of the Surma river at Katigorah in Cachar district.

In response to this, Amin informed that, a proposal to start a border market at Harinagar part II of Katigorah will also be examined, and hopefully, there will be a positive outcome soon, he added.

The Bangladesh government was considering opening two such markets to establish goodwill and coordination among the people living in the border areas of the two countries, he said.

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