After a significant meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi, India and Bhutan are set to embark on discussions concerning fresh regional connectivity routes. Moreover, plans are underway to enhance border and immigration posts, aligning with Bhutan's 5th King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck's vision for establishing a smart city at Gelephu, situated on the border shared between Bhutan and Assam.
Addressing Aid for Development:
Along with thanking the government for its development assistance, the King of Bhutan also reaffirmed India's commitment to supporting the new 13th Five-Year Plan. Bhutan's 12th Five-Year Plan (2018–2023) came to an end on October 31 of this year.
Given that Buddhism predominates in both Bhutan and India, the two countries have close cultural ties. India has helped Bhutan preserve its cultural heritage, and a large number of Bhutanese students study there for higher education.For a long time, bilateral relations between India and Bhutan have been exceptional and modelled by mutual trust, goodwill, and understanding. It's also crucial to remember that some Indian laborers travel to and from Bhutan on a daily basis through the border towns, indicating the close economic ties that exist between the two nations. In addition to approving the two short-distance cross-border rail link projects, India and Bhutan also decided to designate the Darranga-Samdrup Jongkhar border crossing as an immigration check post, allowing third-country nationals to enter and exit as well as "for enhancing connectivity, and promoting tourism," according to a joint statement. This border crossing connects Assam with Bhutan's less developed South Eastern district.The two parties specifically agreed to "develop facilities on the Bhutanese side at Gelephu," signifying India's support for the Bhutanese SEZ project, and to upgrade an existing land customs station at Dadgiri (Assam) to a modernized "Integrated Check Post" (ICP) to strengthen trade infrastructure.
It is anticipated that facilitating travel between the two nations and permitting additional exchanges with Bangladesh will increase trade and travel opportunities for Bhutanese citizens and generate much-needed tourism income for their neighbor.This entire propaganda to join hands and strategize things for the upliftment of nations seems promising for the future!