“Huge potential of tourism and scope for “Lowering of the flags’ ceremony or the beating retreat ceremony at “Sutarkandi” Indo-Bangla border at Karimganj, Assam, India.
Written By: (Moharana Choudhury)
Recently, I have visited the place name as “Sutarkandi” near to the Karimganj town and found the place having a great potential and scope in respect of tourism. The Sutarkandi is the place 14 Kilometre from the Karimganj town, which is situated in the district of Karimganj, Assam having Indo-Bangla border that, contained a principal custom check post through which border trade flows to Bangladesh from Assam, India. The National Highway 151(old) or 37 (New) roads is passing through Sutarkandi which is 45 km from border to the Sylhet town of Bangladesh. The Stutarkandi is directly connected to Karimganj Town of Assam as well as with the entire North Eastern states and rest of the country. Major share of exports passes through Sutarkandi land customs check point regularly. In that connection the ,Government has declared the place as international trade centre and started the 1st phase of work for Sutarkandi trade centre project in 20th November 2002 which, has been approved by Government of India on 7th January year 2000, under the Critical Infrastructure Balance scheme at a project worth of Rs 8.16 Crores, to provide appropriate infrastructural facilities to the exporters and importers of the region who are already engaged in import/export trade business with the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. The 1st phase of trade centre having an area of 13000 Squire Metter with common facilities as cubicles for exporter/importer, Bank, Post office, Conference hall, Telecom office, Transhipment Plat-form, Ware house, Workshop, Canteen, Weigh Bridge etc. Thus the place can be used as “lowering of the flags ceremony or beating retreat ceremony” same like as “Wagah Border at Indo-Pakistan in Amritsar, Punjab” which can change the socio-economic and tourism scenario of south Assam and the region. If such retreat ceremony can start at Sutarkandi (Karimganj) area by both the country then, large number of tourists will visit the place to enjoy such event that will improve the economic condition of the locality and the Karimganj town as well the Assam also.
As the event is international thus, visitors will come all around the India as well as the globe. The broad gauge railway project expansion also is likely to complete shortly, so people from other parts of India can easily come to the place for such event and tour, which will lead boast up of socio-economic and tourism scenario of karimganj and Barak valley also and increase the importance of karimganj town in the region. Such event is helpful for employment generation in State. Many earning sources will generate in region if such event can start by government. Hope readers will support this concept and will give their valuable suggestion and comment on this article. Hope you will like this article and the concept also. Please share your valuable comments on this. Support the issue for greater interest of Barak Valley so that, it can reach to our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
How to reach Sutarkandi:
Nearest Airport: Kumbhirgram airport (Silchar), 94 Kilometre.
Nearest Railway Station: Karimganj town railway station, 14 Kilometre.
Road Link: NH-151 directly passing through the Sutarkandi from Karimganj town, Assam.