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CCEA clears widening Manipur stretch of Asian Highway proj

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today said it has cleared the widening and upgradation of 65 km Imphal-Moreh stretch in which is part of the Asian Highway project, providing road connectivity to eastern nations like Thailand.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Modi, gave the approval for the stretch that will cost Rs 1,630.29 crore, on NH 39.

It also approved 4-laning of Solapur-Bijapur Section of New NH-52 in and Karnataka. Four Laning of about 110 km road is estimated to cost Rs 1,889 crore including the cost of land and pre-construction activities.

"It (Imphal-Moreh) is connecting to Myanmar. Then we can go to Bangkok and then to Indonesia to So it is the length which is connecting internationally," Road Transport, Shipping and Minister told reporters.

"It is going to create more employment and business in that area particularly in It will be a growth engine for North-East region of the country," he said.

Landlocked Manipur, with almost 90 per cent of the area under difficult terrain, has only road transport as a means of mass transport system.

Gadkari said the project is being developed with ADB's loan assistance under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program.

It aims at upgradation of road infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and (BBIN) in order to improve the regional connectivity among BBIN nations.

The Imphal-Moreh corridor is also a part of the Asian Highway No 1 and acts as India's Gateway to the East.

Thus, trade, commerce and tourism in the region will get a boost, Gadkari said, adding that the project will create 2.67 lakh man days of employment in

After the completion of 4-laning, the travel time will reduce from the current three-and-a-half hours to one-and-half hours.

For fulfilling India's 'Look East Policy' and to promote and enhance trade link with South East Asia, the has notified an Integrated Custom Post (ICP) at Moreh.

The development of this project is essential in order to support the increased traffic volume due to coming up of ICP, an official release said.

The workers of who specialise in creating bamboo and wood based handicraft items and uniquely designed hand woven textile items will get a new market among the Myanmar's customers, it said.

Small scale industries such as those making farm implements and tools, stationery, plastic extrusion items, carpentry units, could also develop markets beyond the border, the release added.

Gadkari said the work on Solapur-Bijapur stretch will create 4.35 lakh man days of employment.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 17:07 IST