The Central Government has approved all the contracts for the development of a 1400 km long India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway (TH). It is expected to become operational by the end of 2019.
The Government is currently working on two projects as part of Trilateral Highway, including construction of 69 bridges on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa stretch and upgradation of 120.74 km road on the Kalewa-Yargi route in Myanmar. The upgradation of the Kalewa-Yargi stretch would cost around Rs 1,200 crore. It will stretch from Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar. The construction of highway will push trade, business, health, education and tourism among the three countries. To enable smooth vehicular movement, all three countries are negotiating a ‘motor vehicles agreement’.
In July 2017, the Ministry had approved a total sum of Rs 1,630 crore for the widening of the 65-km road stretch between Imphal and Moreh in Manipur. In another development, there is also a plan to extend the Trilateral Highway to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The Ministry has also proposed $1 billion plan to promote sea, air and road connectivity projects with ASEAN.
The Central Government has announced that about 24 infrastructure projects would be developed in the coming years in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to improve connectivity and boost trade. The implementation is already underway in 15 projects. Most of the projects have been funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).