The India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway to
open up products of the North East to ASEAN countries is likely to be
operational by December 2019, Union Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said .
India, Thailand and Myanmar are working on about
1,400km 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. “Next year by the end of December, we will be in a
position to get connectivity...We are giving highest priority to this
(Indian-Myanmar-Trilateral Highway project). This will boost trade and ties
among the nations in the region,” the minister said in the national capital on
The minister said there are 24 projects in
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) connectivity and work is on in 14 to 16 projects. He said most of the
projects were being funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Asked about the challenges in the project, the
minister said, “There are some land acquisition and other problems... Tree
felling is a big problem...We are finding out solutions.”
The connectivity of projects such as the
India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, extension of TH to Cambodia, Laos
and Vietnam, Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project to provide
connectivity to North Eastern states through Myanmar are being planned and they
are at different stages of implementation.
He also said India has proposed 1 billion US
Dollars line of credit to promote sea, air and road connectivity projects with
ASEAN besides setting up a project development fund of 77 million US Dollars to
develop manufacturing hubs in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.