Bangladesh, Burma finalized third border road agreement

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Bangladesh government has finalized the third arrangement of the Balukhali-Gundhum border road that will connect Bangladesh and Mynmar so as to establish regional connectivity through its link with the Asian Highway and the BCIM, according to officials of the ministry of communication recently.

“It had held a number of meetings to discuss all the three options and finalized the third agreement for having easy access and for low cost of construction.”
The special works department of Bangladesh Army has conducted the survey on Ukhiya-Naikhonchori to establish the border road in September, 2013 and recommended the third decision of the two agreements for the construction of the road, officials of the ministry also said.
The survey found that It is known as a ‘missing link’ in the task of establishing the Bangladesh-Burma border road, which will help the country in getting connected with—the Asian Highway and Bangladesh China, India and Mynmar (Burma) (BCIM) up to Kunming in China.
The first agreement of the Balukhali-Gundhum border road will require 21.73 acres of land, while the second option 24.33 acres of land and the third agreement, however, is considered needs 21.93 acres of land.  The lengths of the first two agreements are 1.7 km and 1.82 km, while the third one has a length of 1.64 km,   the officials more reported.

Officials of the ministry has already informed to the concerned authorities regarding the matter including demand of land and compensation needed for the road.
When asked a politician from Burma he said, “I have suspicion whether Burma will implement or not because the agreement had already passed over six years, we did not see any symbol from Burma side vis-à-vis the matter.”
Bangladesh and Burma, with over 200 km common border, have agreed to establish direct road link on July 24, 2007, under which 23km road from Taungbro to Bawlibazar in Burma will be constructed by armies of both countries. But the border area has a number of tunnels and bridges through hilly terrains, which will be made of international standard after the construction of the ‘missing link’.
In addition, Bangladesh submitted another proposal to the Burma authority to consider Teknaf-Maungdaw-Sittwelink road as the alternative route on the plain land across the coast of Bay of Bengal.
The tri-nation direct road Link among Bangladesh, Burma and China is an extension of the highway from Cox’s Bazar to Bawlibazar up to Kunming of China, which would contribute significantly to enhance the economic activities among the three countries.

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