New roads and rail links may make Manipur the gateway to Southeast Asia


New roads and rail links may make Manipur the gateway to Southeast Asia

Manipur is hoping to benefit from the upcoming Asian Highway and rail connectivity to become an investment destination in the northeast, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said.

Singh said the state could well become the main gateway to Southeast Asia via the land route as work on the four-lane highway is on in full swing. National Highway 39 that passes through the state capital Imphal up to Moreh on the Indo-Myanmar border is being developed as Asian Highway 1.

The trans-Asian highway traverses through several countries in the continent and the stretch through Manipur is scheduled to be completed by mid-2021, he said. “Land related issued have been solved and land acquisition completed,” Singh told a visiting group of journalists recently.

Work on the Jiribam-Imphal railway line is also going on and the project has a deadline of December 2020 to be operational and bring Manipur on the Indian Railway map. Read More

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