Imphal Myanmar Road Project
The Imphal Myanmar road project, which has been lying in limbo for years together, has been fast tracked by the new government at the centre. Apart from strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries, it will also boost economic activity in the region. The project, which connects the two countries covering a distance of 579 km between Imphal and Mandalay in about 14 hours, is likely to be commissioned by the end of this year. Though the fare is yet to be finalized, government officials said it would be kept below Rs. 2,000 and to facilitate travelers, visa-on-arrival would be offered on both sides.

It is worth mentioning here that as of now there is no direct road link between India and Myanmar and to cover the distance, one has to first fly to Bangkok from Delhi and then to either Rangoon or Nay Pyi Taw to reach Myanmar, said sources adding that initially the bus services between the two countries will be resumed on weekly basis and depending on the response it would be scaled up and at a later stage will be extended to allow the movement of freight traffic as well. The Indian government is also assisting Myanmar to upgrade a 70 km stretch of road which becomes non-negotiable during the rainy seasons.