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Work begins on Bangladesh-Myanmar rail line


Dhaka : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday opened construction work on a rail line that will connect Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh’s southeastern beach resort to neighbouring Myanmar.

The $255 million project of two meter gauge lines will connect Jhilongjha with Chittagong, the principal port city on one side and on the other side, it will connect Ramu with Gundum near the Myanmarese border by December 2013, Star Online, website of The Daily Star reported.

The first survey for the railway line was conducted in 1890 during the British era. But due to the two World Wars the construction works could not start. The first feasibility study on the rail line was conducted in 2001 during Hasina’s previous tenure.

Bangladesh has a 300 km border with Myanmar. It hopes to connect by road and rail through Myanmar with Kunmin in China.