Indo-Burma Joint Survey in
Sittwe, 16 January 03: Beginning December 17th last year a joint Indo-Burma survey team has been operating in the hills of western part of Burma bordering with India, reported our correspondent.
The area close to the northeastern state of Mizoram is
home to Rakhaing, Khami and
Chin nationalities. Though the region is
The survey of existing jungle paths
by the joint team is part of a plan to construct a connecting road to
A Burmese engineer, U Thein Han, and two of his Indian counterparts including Mr Chandra are leading team one. U Sai Gyaw and his Indian counterpart Mr Bose are leading team two and other six team members. U Win Hlaing and his Indian counterpaprt Mr Chandra Dey including four team members are leading the third team.
The survey is said to build a motorable road in the hard to reach areas, according to
official sources. A retired road and
highways engineer also told our correspondent that though the survey is
basically for road construction, the inclusion of Indian engineers and team
members indicates that the gas pipeline for export of natural gas from the
offshore gas field in
The upper region of the
The villages in which the group are
working include Mreikwa – just a walking distance
from Mizoram border, and other villages downstream
including Tarwaingaing – a busy trading place in the
inaccessible area, about fifty miles north to Paletwa,
the western township of Chin State, north to Rakhine State.
Meanwhile, our correspondent saw the members of the Burmese Army accompanying the survey teams forcing the villagers in the area to give rice, chicken, goats and other edibles to them.
The survey is scheduled to complete on 31st March, according to the sources in the team. #