India Abroad

Section Of India-Thailand International Highway Opens In November

| September 3 , 2015 , 10:48 IST
A section of the Indo-Thailand Highway, the Myawaddy-Thinggan Kawkareik, of the Asian Superhighway , starting from Manipur is set to open later in November this year. [caption id="attachment_119898" align="aligncenter" width="700"]India-Thailand International Highway (Photo courtesy: Google maps)[/caption] The first 26.5 km stretch will bring the travel time down to one hour from the previous journey time. The road's construction began in 2012 which runs from Moreh in India to Thailand's Maesot via Myanmar's Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy along with sharing the border with Burma. The road runs further inside the Mandalay and Tamu of Myanmar. There is also talk about introducing a bus service between India and Myanmar. If introduced, the service will ply between Imphal, Manipur, and Mandalay. Prime Minister Narender Modi has set The India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) trilateral highway, a 3,200-km road which entails linking India to Myanmar and then further to Southeast Asia, as priority. The government is set to ink a strategic agreement to operationalise the highway to enhance regional co-operation later in November this year.