Benapole land port, the country’s largest land port with India, has not witnessed any major developments in the last 30 years due to the insincerity shown towards the cause by successive governments.
Leaders of Benapole Customs Clearing & Forwarding Agents Association made the allegation at a press conference held at Jessore Press Club on Sunday.
The association leaders demanded that the port should be managed by an independent controlling authority which would help to execute the development works needed.
The leaders claimed that the port brought the government Tk 7,000 crore in revenues every year.
The port facilitated import of goods worth Tk 20,000 crore each year while around 7,000 people travelled to and from India each day using the port.
Despite the contributions to the economy, the road that connects Benapole with the rest of the country is in a sorry state and unfit for transports whereas the Indian part of the road is being developed into eight lanes, the leaders said.
They said that the warehouses at the port were in deplorable condition, crippled with forklifts and cranes that were out of order.
Benapole Customs Clearing & Forwarding Agents Association president Mofizur Rahman Sazan and general secretary Emdadul Haque Lata were present, among others, at the press conference.
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