This Friday about 300 km of queues of around 400 trucks have been waiting for 12 days for space on both sides of Panchagarh-Banglabandha highway. Since the 2015-16 financial year, the number of trucks going through the port has increased which can only accommodate a small number of trucks.
The number of exports through the land port has increased from 31,128 tonnes to 1,13,990 tonnes of exports including lentils, hard rock, wheat and onion are brought over through the land port while jute and feed products and medicine are exported as per port sources in the financial year of 2019-20. The land port facilitates trade between Bangladesh and neighbouring India, Nepal and Bhutan on 10.48 acres of land in Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh.
The port’s warehouse, open stack-yard, truck terminal, weighbridge and other infrastructure other than the administrative and immigration building can not accommodate the increase in exports.
The land port is still being developed.
The authorities respond with a temporary initiative of moving the trucks from the highway to a makeshift parking spot. The convener of the Banglabandha C&F agents’ association and senior vice president of the Panchagarh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) stated that the port needs to increase the space by 40 acres of land. Currently, the land port has space of 10 acres of land.