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IMPHAL | Aug 5 : The newly completed highway connecting the neighbouring country, Myanmar through Moreh will be officially opened on August 8, said convener of Act East Policy Committee, R.K. Shivananda today in a press conference held today at his residence at Kwakeithel.
The so called ‘India-Myanmar Friendship Road’ was completed by government of India on 13 February 2001 and has been under constant renovation to improve relations with the neighbouring nation. It is under Act East Policy and is of 73.6 km via NH 102. With the official opening of this route, it will surely enhance the communication system and international relations between the two nations, he added.
Shivananda stated that it was difficult in travelling and transportation earlier as there was no easy passage for the Indians to cross the border though the situation was quite the opposite for the Myanmarese who could visit India easily.
These problems will be made simpler for the Indians with issuance of e-visa in a short period. A special visa counter will be opened in which a person can get visa in two-three days time, he said.
He also informed that when the integrated check post becomes functional, Imphal - Mandalay bus service will be in service.
With the opening of this roadway and the implementation of Act East Policy, direct economic benefits will come from Sagaing state of Myanmar to Manipur and vice-versa. “We believe that Manipur will soon be developed with this policy,” he added.
Shivananda also informed that Sagaing-Manipur Citizens Dialogue, a brainstorming session on the importance of this road and the policy through trade and other areas will be held from August 19 to 21. The delegates will include former secretary of Sagaing Region government, CEO of Fly Myanmar, CEO of Parami Energy Group, businessman, among others from Myanmar side and four officials from the state, he notified.
The convener also thanked chief minister, N. Biren Singh and Sagaing government for the initiative taken, to open south Asia relations with the state and also the country. Efforts were made in the past 20 years to open this road, but it has been made possible with CM’s help through this Act East Policy Committee, he added.~IFP