Bangladesh’s new proposal to build cross- border friendship road

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Bangladesh made a proposal to Burma to have the connectivity through Bandarban, Chittagong Hill District to Chin province of Burma instead of old one (Balukhali- Gundum) route, recently, according to Foreign Miistry sources.
The Bangladesh ambassador to Burma in a meeting proposed to the Burma Transport Minister the potential of the new route.

A fresh move has been made to build the long-dreamt Bangladesh-Myanmar friendship road after the two countries agreed in principle to explore the possibility of routing the continental highway through Bandarban area, official sources said.

Bangladesh and Burma signed an agreement in July 2007 to build the cross-border friendship road. The 153-km road was proposed to be set up from Balukhali-Gundum in Cox’s Bazar district to Chin State through Bawli Bazar of Maungdaw Township.

However, the initiative was failed. In this recent proposal, Burma had to construct 110 km portion of the road inside its hill terrains.

The Bangladesh envoy stated that this new proposal road link would connect the Indian-Myanmar joint project—Kaladan Multimodal transit Transport Project.

According to sources, the Burmese government had already started the widening and upgrading of highways in the Chin state.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry of Bangladesh held an inter-ministerial meeting in February to work on the agreed proposal fresh feasibility study in Thanchi and Alikadam areas to find best possible route.

Roads and Highways Departments has already taken a project to conduct the study and visited the roads both in Thanchi and Alikadam areas, an official of Road Transport and Bridges Ministry said.

In Early February, Bangladesh proposed to import gas from Rakhine (Arakan) state and export electricity to Chin State, Burma to meet its high demand for electricity. This proposal has yet to proceed far.

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