Bangladesh Plans To Beef Up Strong Border Security Measures

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The crucial project of construction of around 317 kilometers of “border roads” on the hilly terrains of India and Myanmar along the southeastern terrains of Bangladesh has finally been approved by The National Economic Council Executive Committee (ECNEC).

Planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told newsmen that the decision of the construction of the “border roads” was of paramount importance due to its high vulnerability to weapon and drug smuggling along with human trafficking.

A Border Guard Bangladesh jawan deployed in remote CHT area

The “border roads” on the rugged hilly frontiers will enable Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and other security forces to maintain a tight vigil across the fences and will result in an upliftment of trade, commerce and tourism facilities in the hilly areas including South East Asia.

The Roads and Highways Department and army’s Special Works Organisation have been entrusted with the task of building the roads by June 2021 in six upazilas of Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Rangamati hill districts and Cox’s Bazar. The estimated cost of the project is Taka 1,699.85 crore. The southeastern hills of Bangladesh share a border of 540 kilometers with India and Myanmar.

The project will be implemented at Naikhongchhari upazila of Bandarban, Juraichhari, Borkol and Rajsthali of Rangamati, Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar and Baghaichhari of Khagrachhari.

Meanwhile, the ECNEC has approved another project of repair and maintenance of 15 important district highways under Dhaka zone to ensure smooth road communication.

 

Roads and Highways Department and army’s Special Works Organisation have been entrusted with the task of building the roads by June 2021 in six upazilas of Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Rangamati hill districts and Cox’s Bazar. The estimated cost of the project is Taka 1,699.85 crore. The southeastern hills of Bangladesh share a border of 540 kilometers with India and Myanmar

 

The Roads and Highways Department under the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges will implement the project at an estimated cost of Taka 558.44 crore.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the project at the committee’s scheduled weekly meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. ■

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