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Traders in Dhubri for border haats

Dhubri, June 4: Traders from lower Assam have demanded opening of weekly haats (markets) in the border villages along Golokganj sector in Dhubri district.

Trade through Sonahat village along the border in Golokganj sector was opened in April 28 this year with export of coal from India.

In view of the immense potential of trade between the two countries, traders of lower Assam districts demanded that haats be opened at Bhogdanga and Fauskerkuti border villages just like the ones in Garo hills of Meghalaya and in Tripura.

The president of Dhubri District Distributors’ Association, Raj Kumar Agarwal, said opening of trade between India and Bangladesh through Sonahat was a big leap towards prosperity of trade and commerce in the district.

North East Craft and Rural Development Organisation, an NGO, has been seeking opening of full-fledged trade through the trading centres. It recently wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking haats in Golokganj’s border villages. Its director Binoy Bhattacharjee said two international trade centres, one at Mancachar and another at Lakhimari near Sonahat, should be opened to stop illegal trade and trans-border smuggling.