Pandemic spoils Mandalay-Imphal inaugural bus trip

The inaugural trip of a bus service between Mandalay in Myanmar and Imphal in India set for April 7 has been cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19 in the South Asian country, a Mandalay tour operator said on Thursday.

U Nay Lin Oo, managing director of Shwe Mandalar Express Co Ltd, said the 14-hour bus trip was aimed at boosting tourism between the two countries. A 27-seat first-class bus was to be used for the inaugural trip.

India’s Seven Sister Holidays Co Ltd and Shwe Mandalar Express signed an agreement last month to introduce the bus service.

Shwe Mandalar Express was to operate the bus service from Mandalay to the border town of Tamu in Chin State, and Seven Sister Holidays was to provide service from Tamu to Moreh and Imphal.

The entire journey would take 14 hours, U Nay Lin Oo said, but once road construction was completed in India and Myanmar, the trip would take only five hours.

Seven states in India, including Assam, Manipur and Mizoram, are promoting tourism, and the Myanmar and Indian governments are cooperating on bilateral visits.

India, which has confirmed 73 cases of the COVID-19 virus, has closed the border crossing with Myanmar.

Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, is famous for the Bagan pagodas and natural scenery. Imphal, the capital of the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur, was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Manipur. – Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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