Land ports’ earnings rise by 42 percent


Country’s land ports registered a 42 percent rise of income to generate Tk 211 crore through export-import operation in the last fiscal year 2018-19, reports BSS. The four land ports of Benapole, Burimari, Bhomra and Tamabil, out of total 23 land ports, contributed 82 percent to the total tally. Benapole topped the turnover list generating highest Taka 82.36 crore following Burimari Taka 57.29 crore, Bhomra Taka 18.73 crore and Tamabil Taka 15.26 crore, according to official statistics of Bangladesh Land Port Authority (BLPA).

Talking to BSS, BLPA Chairman Tapan Kumar Chakravorty today said development of infrastructures and expansion of services has caused the income generation to rise. “Quick load-unload of goods and other services boosted income generation,” he opined.

In addition, country’s economy is being strengthened gradually which also plays a significant role of trade expansion with neighboring India, added Tapan. Referring to the ongoing development activities of two new land ports along with expansion of Benapole and Bhomra land ports, the BLPA Chairman hoped export-import would be increased further after this development works.

Among the other land ports, Sonamasjid generated Taka 3.40 lakh, Hili Taka 6.91 crore, Teknaf Taka 3.68 crore, Banglabandha Taka 3.15 crore, Akhaura Taka 19 lakh, Sonahat Taka 3.72 crore, Nankugaon Taka 68 Lakh and Bibirbazar Taka 2 lakh. Besides, the BLPA headquarters generated income of Taka 15.49 crore. In fiscal 2019-20, the BLPA has set target to generate income of Taka 179 crore while in fiscal 2017-18 the target was Taka 148 crore.