If you are fond of road trips then it is time for you to rejoice as the much-awaited India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway will soon become a reality. As per reports, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed an agreement to upgrade India-Myanmar Friendship Road in Myanmar. The task is being undertaken in a joint-venture (JV) between Punj Lloyd and Varaha Infra.
“NHAI has signed an agreement for upgradation of Yagyi – Kalewa section in Myanmar to Two-Lane with Earthen Shoulder. The agreement was signed today by NHAI with Punj Lloyd Ltd – Varaha Infra Ltd (JV),” NHAI mentioned in an official statement. This one is country’s second prime international road project, the first being Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) project.
So, the dreams of going on a Thailand road trip from India with friends will happen soon. The mesmerizing driving route will give you some best views of the expansive farmlands and gorgeous hillocks and will transport you to another world.
The good thing is that the work on the 1,400 km-long highway has officially commenced. The road will connect Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar. Estimated budget for India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway International Project is INR 1,177 crore.
Though the project was already given to the JV in the year 2017 but the work began this month only. The project includes work on a 120 km section that will go through rocky terrains and the design has several big and small bridges. There will also be 20 bus bays and a passenger shelter and rest area for the convenience of travellers travelling on the route. In addition to this, some of the existing bridges will also undergo some major reconstruction.
According to Nitin Gadkari, union minister for Road Transport and Highways, the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway will be functional from December 2019.