Dhaka Tribune, 19 Dec 2017
An Indian junior minister told the country’s upper House on Tuesday that India plans to roll out BBIN (Bangladesh, India, Nepal) motor vehicle agreement (MVA) with Bangladesh and Nepal for seamless movement of passenger and cargo vehicles, reports Economic Times.
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) had signed a framework MVA in June 2015 to enable movement of passenger and cargo vehicles across borders among the four countries.
However, Bhutan’s lawmakers have some serious conservativeness with the deal, as the country’s upper House, National Council, last year effused to ratify the agreement, citing the deal’s contradiction with the Bhutanese immigration law and the environmental impact once the cargo lorries from neighbouring countries start moving on the already-delicate Bhutanese roads.
Bhutan’s National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, had earlier ratified the agreement though it had received a great deal of criticism by the opposition.
“Pending ratification, however, Bhutan has given its consent for the BBIN MVA to enter into force amongst the other three countries– Bangladesh, India and Nepal, who have already ratified it,” Indian Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Mansukh L Mandaviya informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
India has approached Bangladesh and Nepal through diplomatic channels for evolving modalities to operationalize the MVA among Bangladesh, India and Nepal (BIN), says the junior minister.