Gadkari says 70 percent work of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway complete

Source : PTI : New Delhi: Around 70% construction work on the ambitious India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway has been completed, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. India, Thailand and Myanmar are working on about 1,400-km-long highway that would link the country with Southeast Asia by land and give a boost to trade, business, health, education and tourism ties among the three countries.

“Around 70% work of the project is completed,” the minister of Road Transport & Highways told PTI in reply to a question on the progress of the project.

The highway will connect Moreh in Manipur, India with Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar. The minister did not provide details on the timeline for completion and operationalisation of the trilateral highway.

The strategic highway project has been delayed. Earlier, the government was aiming to make the highway operational by December 2019.

During the August 2016 visit of the President of Myanmar, U. Htin Kyaw, the Indian Government signed an MoU. The Mou states that the Indian Government is going to fund the construction of 69 bridges which includes the approaching roads in the Tamu- Kyigone- Kalewa section. Along with that India has also funded the reconstruction of 73 old bridges which are in the route of Myanmar that were constructed during the World War 2.