Indo-Thai link via Burma ‘soon’

NEW DELHI: The proposed highway connecting India, Burma and Thailand is to be operational soon, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said today, reports PTI.

The interntional  highway will help in smoother and faster movement of goods , and some fear more Rohingya Muslim refugees,  between these regions.

“We are presently working with the governments of Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand to develop the trilateral highway which hopefully will be completed soon,” Sharma said here at a CII function.

The idea of the highway – from Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand, via Burma – was conceived at the trilateral ministerial meeting on transport linkages in Yangon in April 2002. It represents a significant step in establishing connectivity between India and South East Asian countries.

Burma is source of one-third of India’s imports in pulses and one-fifth in timber.

Emphasising on the need to enhance road, air and sea connectivity, Sharma said that India is also working to develop the Kaladan multi-modal transport corridor which comprises waterway and roadway.

Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project will connect the eastern Indian seaport of Calcutta with Sittwe port in Burma by sea; it will then link Sittwe to Mizoram via river and road transport.

Sharma said the project and the transport corridor will connect these countries (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Burma) with the North-Eastern part of India.

The Government is also looking at connecting India and Burma through a sea link, he added.

He said: “Connectivity by air, road and sea in important. We have entire North East India which is progressing but still lagging behind the rest of the country because of geography, constraints of infrastructure.”

Sharma was speaking at the CII’s Business Conclave of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Burma.

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