First phase of Border Road to end by next year

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Almost one-third of the first phase work is visible in several places of Rangamati hill district

Bangladesh Army is working to complete the first phase of 317km-road construction along the remote borders with Myanmar and India within 2024.

Though making roads in the inaccessible remote hilly area is a challenging work, officials and soldiers of Bangladesh Army are working restlessly to complete these roads at the earliest.

Almost one-third of the first phase work is visible in several places of Rangamati hill district.

Officials say 95km of road construction has already been finished and another 132km of the construction work is expected to finish by the year’s end.

Bangladesh’s south-eastern hill region shares 330km of its border with India and 210km with Myanmar.

Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed visited the construction projects in Rajasthali-Saichal part of Rangamati on Monday to look after the work progress and boost up the army personnel who are working in remote areas, said a statement issued by ISPR.

The main project of the 1,036km Border Road stretches across the three hilly districts of Rangamati, Khagrachhari, and Bandarban. It will help authorities in the fight against militant groups and smugglers, and boost trade and tourism.

The total work to construct the border road will take approximately 10 years, said officials.

According to government officials, feasibility studies are going on in several sites.

Completion of the first phase will establish road connectivity from Rajstholi to Dhumdhumia of Rangamati through Sukurchhori of the same district.

When the border road constructions are completed, a developed road communication system will bolster the border security of the hill tracts and expand trade and business with Southeast Asian countries.

Tourism in the scenic hilly area of Bangladesh will also get a pace with these roads connecting the beautiful landscape in remote areas.

Among the nine roads of this phase, five roads share borders with India and three with Mayanmar.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved the first phase of the Border Road in March 2018.

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