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Indian ship grounded in Bangladesh

Silchar, Nov. 23: An Indian cargo vessel, carrying 300 tonnes of high-grade Indonesian coal, was grounded on the sandy shores of Kushiara, on its Bangladesh side opposite Karimganj district on Tuesday, leaving the Central Inland Water Transport Corporation Limited authorities deeply worried.

MV Mum was on its way to Karimganj river port from Indonesia with its cargo meant for Hindustan Paper Corporationís paper manufacturing plant in Panchgram under Hailakandi district in south Assam.

A senior official of the corporation in Karimganj town, 405km from Guwahati, today said over phone that the shipís course was suddenly hindered on Tuesday while it was negotiating through a shallow and sandy stretch of the river bed of Kushiara in Bangladesh, whose territorial water is divided between the two neighbouring countries.

The official said the corporationís headquarters in Calcutta has got in touch with the river navigation department in Bangladesh for its help to assist the grounded ship in resuming its course.

An alternative arrangement of off-loading the stalled shipís cargo of coal first on Indian boats for enabling the ship to set sail for Karimganj river port from Gobirchak village near which it has been stranded, a distance of just 3km by the waterway, is also being considered by the river navigation authorities of both the countries.

Sources in Karimganj river port today said Bangladeshi cargo ships generally haul fly ash for manufacturing cement, melamine products and hilsa fish to this port while on their return journey they carry marble tiles, tea, coal from Meghalaya besides fruits.

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