Q. Consider the following statements about Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route:
1. It was signed between India and Bangladesh in 2016.
2. It aims to provide inland waterways’ connectivity between the two countries, particularly with the North Eastern Region of India, and also to enhance bilateral trade.
Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:

About Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route:

  • The Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route was signed between India and Bangladesh in 1972.
  • It aims to provide inland waterways’ connectivity between the two countries, particularly with the North Eastern Region of India, and also to enhance bilateral trade.
  • Under this Protocol, Inland vessels of both the countries can move on the designated protocol route and dock at Ports of Call in each country notified for loading/unloading of cargo.
  • Some of the existing protocol routes include Kolkata-Pandu-Kolkata, Kolkata-Karimganj – Kolkata, Rajshahi-Dhulian-Rajshahi and Pandu-Karimganj-Pandu among others.

Source:  Defense Exercises