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Dhaka -Chittagong -Cox’s Bazaar to be the Asian Highway

Staff Correspondent
8 July 02, the Bhorer Alo

The highway stretching from Dhaka to Cox’s Bazaar extending to Teknaf close to the Burmese border will be constructed as an international route under the Asian Highway project. Directives in this regard have been issued to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Communications to hold talks with the Burmese counterparts for the development of the road beyond Teknaf to Maungdaw on the Burmese side and through Arakan State to Rangoon. At present this part of the Burmese side of the road is inaccessible, mountainous and abounding in rivers.

On Sunday the proposal to develop the Dhaka Chittagong Teknaf portion of the Bangladeshi highway as a part of the Asian Highway was formally approved in the cabinet meeting. Besides, another proposal to develop Sylhet Astagram (Karimgunj on the Northeastern India) as an international route under the Asian Highway project was also approved.

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia chaired the weekly cabinet meeting held in the Prime Minister’s Office. Members of the Cabinet, Cabinet Secretary, Prime Minister’s Chief Secretary, and other higher officials were among those who were present at the meeting.

Incidentally, if this section of Bangladesh is connected with the Asian Highway, road links with all the Asian countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Vietnam and 31 other countries will be established. Commerce and transportation by roads among the different countries will be established. At the same time transportation cost and time will be saved. It is hoped that tourist industry will flourish and the relation between Bangaldesh and the resst of the world will easier.

Meanwhile, the UN ESCAP has already informed the Burmese junta about the willingness of the Bangladeshi government to construct the Asian Highway. The UN-ESCAP has also requested the Indian government for active consideration of the Sylhet-Astagram route to Karimgunj in India instead of the Sylhet-Tamabil route.

An official from the Ministry of Communications told us that, Inida and Burma have not yet given any answer to the request of the UN-ESCAP. But the Communications Minister of Bangladesh, Barrister Nazmul Huda is shortly leaving for Burma, he said. #