The negative impact of the Ukraine-Russia war on the world economy has started to affect the neighboring country India as well. The rupee fell against the dollar. In this situation, foreign tourists are in trouble when they come to the country. And so the number of Bangladeshi tourists has also decreased in Kolkata.
Shops-restaurants, bus counters, shopping malls in Kolkata’s Newmarket area were open on Tuesday (August 9) like any other normal day. However, the presence of Bangladeshi tourists in this area was not noticeable. Just as the food stalls are empty, there are no long lines of passengers at the international bus counters either. Even in the money exchange centers there was no noise like before.
As a result of the Ukraine-Russia war, the price of oil in the world market has changed drastically, almost all currencies except the dollar have fallen. In India, where one dollar used to be available at 72 rupees, now it has to be bought at 81 rupees. Similarly, the value of the Bangladeshi taka has also decreased against the rupee.
As a result, the number of Bangladeshis traveling to India for medical treatment or visiting has reduced significantly in the last few weeks.
This has had a serious negative impact on the economy of this region of Kolkata, which is dependent on Bangladeshis
However, the officials of the currency exchange center of Kolkata say that tourists should come to Kolkata with dollars instead of money. Only then will the correct price be available.
Many people say that if they do not get dollars, tourists can come to Kolkata by activating their visa card. So anyway, they don’t have to face any crisis with exchange rate.
In normal times, an average of 5 to 7 thousand Bangladeshi tourists come to Kolkata every day. The number increased three to four times recently after the Padma Bridge was commissioned. However, in the current situation, the number of tourists has decreased a lot compared to the previous ones, said those concerned.