Can the CM do anything to bust the union? Unions are a problem all over the world.Intra state connectivity has improved by a large margin. Inter state however, is still poor. We have only one road that connects Assam & Tripura. That road is built on shifting soil, thus breakdowns are common, especially when it rains. Most of our energy & supplies import comes through that road. That's the problem.
The new waterway will help greatly. Assuming it takes off. Like I said intra state connectivity is pretty good now. Trucks from port can gather supplies & transport it elsewhere. We are seeing a massive influx of private truckers/transporters from Punjab, Arunachal, Mizoram, WB etc etc. They seem convinced the waterway will work.
Work on the new rail link with Bangladesh is picking up pace again, after being shut for COVID. That should ease the supply further. The work on the extended runways and new terminals of the airport is picking up too. There are some problems with that, but that's for another day.
If I am to do a bit of nit picking, I would say the Govt(both sate & centre) ought to focus on getting some new roads. I know the terrain is hard, there are mountains everywhere. But Kashmir has mountains too, look at the huge bridges they are getting. Our mountains aren't that tall, the tech and capacity for these bridges clearly exists.
The waterway connects to Sonamura not Agartala. The capital has a much higher buying power than Sonamura. There is a small river called Haora that goes through the centre of the Agartala. If a waterlink was made using that river, it would be profitable in no time. The river is small so it needs dredging & proper embankments, but that's not very difficult either.
Also Tripura doesn't have a lot of industry. So to develop the state you grow one industry, use that to grow the others, That's how all states/cities develop. We have one major natural resource, natural gas. We have enough to supply the whole of NE & more. But we can't do that because there is no pipeline infra. Pvt. companies like Vedanta wanted to enter the state to do gas extraction & refining, but ONGC worker unions & Left parties stopped that from happening.
Over all this is where we are. The economy is gotten better as the infra building continues. It can really take off if worker unions related problems are worked out. Delhi historically never payed attention to the state, we did pretty well with our tiny resources. But we can't go too far without Delhi's help. We don't have the financial guns to push ahead major infra projects by ourselves.