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
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."