Disinfectant is being sprayed in two phases when Indian cargo trucks enter from India through Benapole land port in Jessore. At the same time, drivers and assistants are being allowed to enter the port by measuring the sanitation and temperature. The same measures have been taken at the time of entry of Bangladeshi trucks.
Thus, import-export activities are being carried out between Bangladesh and India through Benapole land port in compliance with health rules. Besides, 75 passengers have returned from India through Benapole land port in Jessore. They returned to the country from 5 am to 5 pm on Tuesday. All of them have been kept in 14-day institutional quarantine at two residential hotels in Benapole.
According to land port sources, the government has announced to close the border with India for 14 days from April 28 as per the government decision. At this time the movement of common people between Bangladesh and India through land port will be temporarily stopped. However, Bangladeshis residing in that country whose visa is valid for 15 days or less can enter Bangladesh through Benapole, Akhaura and Burimari land ports subject to proper approval. In this case, they have to stay in the institutional quarantine for 14 days. According to the source, Bangladeshis have to get approval from Delhi, Kolkata and Agartala missions to enter through those three ports and have to have a Corona Negative Certificate within 72 hours of entry.
Dilip Bain from Miyapara area of Gopalganj Sadar Upazila went to India with his wife Tapsi Rani Bain for treatment. He returned to the country through Benapole land port with his wife around 2.30 pm on Tuesday. “Our visa is less than 15 days old,” he told Prothom Alo at around 3.45pm. After trying yesterday (Monday) morning, I got approval from the Bangladeshi Mission in Kolkata in the afternoon. I have to take the corona negative test report within 72 hours of entry, ”he said. Benapole submitted all the paperwork after completing the immigration activities at the land port. Now it is being sent to 14 days quarantine at its own cost.
Sharsha Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer Yusuf Ali said a new strain of coronavirus has been identified in India. In view of this, the passengers returning from India have been compelled to stay in the institutional quarantine for 14 days at their own cost. Yesterday 6 people and today on Tuesday 65 people returned from India. They have been placed in quarantine at two residential hotels in Benapole, Rajnigandha and Port View.
According to Benapole land port sources, import-export between Bangladesh and India through land port is normal. All the activities inside the port, including import and export of goods between the two countries through the land port, have been started from Monday in compliance with all the guidelines including health regulations. Disinfectants are being sprayed in two phases as Indian cargo trucks enter the port. At the same time its drivers and assistants are being allowed to enter the port by sanitizing and measuring the temperature. Bangladeshi trucks are also being introduced in the port in the same way.
According to land port sources, hand washing arrangements have been made for everyone including workers to enter the port. Wearing a mask has been confirmed. Arrangements have been made so that the driver can complete the paperwork, unload the goods and eat and rest as much as possible while sitting in the car. Separate arrangements have been made for truck drivers to take rest and morning work, where they will not come in contact with others.
Abdul Jalil, director (acting) of Benapole Land Port, said import-export between the two countries is normal following strict hygiene rules. Hygiene is being monitored to see if it is being followed properly.
Ahsan Habib, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Benapole Immigration, said 75 passengers returned from India through the land port on Tuesday and 18 from Bangladesh to India.