The Baliamari-Kalaichar border haat in Kurigram district, the only border haat in the Garo Hills region which conducts weekly trade with neighbouring India, has resumed business and trade after a gap of over 10 months Covid-19 restrictions.
The border haat is situated along with the borders of Kurigram district in Bangladesh and West Garo Hill district in the Indian state of Meghalaya.The border Haat was shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic from March 2020 after the virus outbreak crossed borders and spread across the globe, reports The Shilong Times.
The border haat is now back in business from today (Wednesday) after a notification allowing it to open was issued by the Indian Deputy Commissioner, South West Garo Hills Ch. Ramakrishna, this week.
Following the permission to reopen, the Border Haat will be open on the Haat days, i.e, Mondays and Wednesdays with conditions that Kalaichar Border Haat Management
Committee will ensure strict compliance to the guidelines of Health Protocol issued by Health & Family Welfare Department, Meghalaya, arrange thermal scanner, hand sanitizers/hand wash/soap with water at the entrance during haat days in consultation with the Medical & Health Officer and ensure physical distancing.
All vendors/vendees are to wear proper masks during the Haat days without fail.
The notice issued by the DC also states that after every Haat day(s), the entire compound of Kalaichar Border Haat should be disinfected with sodium hypochlorite, no visitors are to be allowed unless proper permission is obtained from the competent authority and any untoward incidents during the haat days are to be informed to the Deputy Commissioner without fail.