Myanmar allocates funds of $14 million to repair Bangladesh border

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Nay Pyi Taw | Published: September 19, 2017 12:59:08 PM

The Myanmar government has allocated additional funds of 20 billion kyats ($14 million) to urgently repair a damaged portion of the border with Bangladesh, an official statement said.

myanmar bangladesh border, Myanmar government, Construction Ministry, mayu mountain range, Maungtaw region, world newsA Rohingya man carrying his belongings approaches the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Bandarban. (Reuters)

The Myanmar government has allocated additional funds of 20 billion kyats ($14 million) to urgently repair a damaged portion of the border with Bangladesh, an official statement said. For the 2017-18 fiscal year, more than 8 billion kyats had been allocated for the undertaking, reports Xinhua news agency. The government has also asked the Construction Ministry to urgently build the Mayu mountain range road network to ensure the border security as well as that in the Maungtaw region.

The government formed a central committee for the implementation of peace and development in Rakhine state on May 30, 2016, with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi as the chairperson. Myanmar authorities said last week that it will upgrade its border fence with Bangladesh by extending the coverage and patching some damaged vents for security purpose.

U Zaw Htay, director-general of the President Office, disclosed that some vents were found along the border and over 64 km of fence are needed to be enclosed. The over 270 km Myanmar-Bangladesh border fence construction project started in 2009 during the previous government with an approved fund of 190 billion kyats in total for the last nine fiscals.

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