As the union government prepares to receive returnees from Bangladesh, it has completed some 75 per cent of the construction process at Hla Phoe Khaung Transit Centre. The project comprises 652 housing units, which will accommodate more than 30,000 returnees from Bangladesh, according to an engineer in charge of the centre.
“The Hla Phoe Khaung Transit Centre is situated in the Hla Phoe Khaung village tract in the Maungtaw Township, where the Construction and Infrastructure Task Force has supervised all the successful construction projects. We are building an eight-compartment wooden house for six family members. Also, all the houses are of the same model and will each receive a supply of 500 gallons of water. Besides two electric bulbs and a pair of sockets, the house contains a toilet and two water pumps. For the convenience of the returnees, arrangements have been made to cook in the kitchen,” the engineer said.
The Hla Phoe Khaung Transit Centre project began on 13 January 2018, and some 625 houses will be built here. The project is expected to be completed on 31 March 2018, after which some 30,000 returnees can live in the houses.
“This project is aimed at accommodating 30,000 people. Some 75 per cent of the construction has been completed. Efforts are being made to complete all the projects by the end of this month. Formerly, we planned to build on some 640 acres of land in the first phase, but we had to shift to other places due to uneven grounds and hilly regions,” he added. According to the bilateral agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh, Myanmar has made preparations for the repatriation process and is ready to accept the returnees.
By Kyaw Thu Win and Aye Min Thu