Burma Bangladesh Friendship Bridge in the
March: Following his return to Dhaka from Rangoon Communications Minister
Barrister Nazmul Huda in a press conference said that a bridge connecting with
Burma is the highest priority, according to the Bengali language daily
Janakantha, 23rd March.
The proposed bridge between Gundung on Bangladesh
side and Taungbro on Burmese side will span the common Naaf
River. A road from Taungbro
to Buthidaung, when constructed, will complete the road link to Rangoon
from Dhaka, he said.
The communications minister said that he has prioritised the matter of
construction of the bridge as Number One agenda and a survey team would be sent
there in ten days. He also quoted part of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s
speech in Rangoon during her latest
visit that Bangladesh
has initiated certain measures such as establishment of a river port in Teknaf
and Accounts Trade Agreement.
On 19th of this month, the two
countries agreed to establish a road link between Dhaka
and Rangoon for easy communication
and increase people-to-people contact while the Prime Minister of Bangladesh
was on a tour to the capital of Burma.
The name of the road was agreed to be called as ‘Myanmar
Bangladesh Friendship Road.’ The major
decision on the road was reached at the official round of talks between the two
prime ministers of Bangladesh
In presence of the two premieres the two communications ministers from the two
countries signed two MoUs on Account Trade and establishment of Joint Trade
Commission, at the Parliament Building
(Pyithu Hluttaw). Another MoU on coastal shipping was signed the following day.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh
M Morshed Khan said in Rangoon on
19th March that construction of
the proposed Friendship Road
and bridge over the River Naaf would commence within months and is expected to
be completed in this year.
The communications minister stressed that the construction of the road would be
completed at the earliest so that the Prime Minister could make her next trip
to Rangoon on this road. #