India to upgrade bridges on trilateral highway in Myanmar

Road transportation between India and Myanmar got a boost on Wednesday when the Indian cabinet approved the construction of 69 bridges including approach roads on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of the trilateral highway in Myanmar.

The strategic link between India and Myanmar, built with assistance of India, facilitates trans-border movement between India and Myanmar.

A cabinet press release said the construction will result in all-weather usability to the TKK road section, which is also part of the route for the proposed Imphal-Mandalay bus service.

“It will improve connectivity between India and Myanmar and facilitate movement of goods and traffic,” the release said.

India and Myanmar had agreed to take up construction of bridges in the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of the trilateral highway at request of Myanmar in 2012.

The Myanmar government started work on constructing two bridges, on its own, as these bridges needed urgent attention, and the remaining 69 bridges will be undertaken with the Indian government’s assistance.

The project will be closely monitored by the Indian embassy in Yangon and the Ministry of External Affairs. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2019.


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