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India to construct roads Myanmar and establish a direct road link between Mizoram and Thailand

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday announced that it will undertake the first international road project in Myanmar, which involves expansion of 112 km stretch between Kalewa and Yagyi in the western Sagaing division.

The announcement coincided with the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar.

"We have selected the highway builder for this project, which will be completed at Rs 1,200 crore. We will start work in the next three months and will complete it in maximum three years. The existing road will be widened to a two lane with paved shoulder," a senior NHAI official said.

The contract for this key stretch on India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway has gone to a joint venture of Punj Llyod and Varaha Infra Ltd. The external affairs ministry will fund the project as a part of bilateral cooperation and NHAI will be the implementing agency. The highway builder will be responsible for its maintenance for three years.

NHAI officials said a project implementation unit will be set up in Myanmar for this crucial project. "At present, there is less traffic. But once the road network becomes operational there will be traffic. The 1,360 km IMT Highway will link Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar."


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