New Delhi: Road trip craze is increasing among people these days. People prefer to go on road trips rather than trains or planes. Now the dream of traveling by road instead of flying in a beautiful country like Thailand can come true soon. According to the information, the much awaited trilateral highway (Trilateral Highway) connecting India-Myanmar and Thailand (India-Myanmar-Thailand) will be ready in the next four years. However, most of the work on the Indian and Thailand portions of the highway has been completed.
- 1360 km long and involved the construction of 69 bridges
- The proposal was introduced by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government
The much-awaited tripartite highway will be ready in the next four years
A two-day conference of BIMSTEC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand) was held in Kolkata recently. Ministers and senior officials of Myanmar and Thailand who participated in the same conference informed that the work of this road project will be completed in the next three to four years. Much of the work on the Indian and Thai sections of the highway has been completed, while construction has stalled due to unusual conditions in Myanmar.
A joint initiative of India, Myanmar and Thailand
This tripartite highway is a joint initiative of India, Myanmar and Thailand. Its length is about 1360 km. India is building two sections of the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar. It involves the construction of 69 bridges along the approach road on the 120.74 km Kalewa-Yagi road section and the 149.70 km Tamu-Kyagon-Kalewa (TKK) road section. Both these projects are funded by the Government of India under Grant-in-Aid to the Government of Myanmar.
People-to-people connectivity will improve in Asian countries
The India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway project is a part of India’s most ambitious ‘Look East Policy’. It is the most important international highway project undertaken by the Government of India. After the completion of this project, the economy of the North-East region will improve. After the project is completed, people-to-people connectivity will improve in the North East region and other Asian countries including Myanmar, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore. This will eventually improve the tourism sector of India. Especially with China in mind, it will help improve relations with India’s neighbors such as Myanmar and Thailand.
The Trilateral Highway Project was first proposed and approved in April 2002 at a ministerial meeting of India, Myanmar and Thailand in Myanmar. Later the project remained only on paper and work on it started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.