|Steps on to complete Trilateral Highway|
NEW DELHI, Oct 4 - India will continue to make full efforts for completion of projects under the Trilateral Highway, as land connectivity of the North East with Southeast Asia has significant and positive impact on trade and investment as well as employment opportunities in the region.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said this in a letter to Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MP Birendra Prasad Baishya in response to a Special Mention he had made on September 23 in the Rajya Sabha regarding early completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway project. The Minister has given a status report of sorts in his letter, which was released on Sunday.
Jaishankar said India has undertaken two projects in Myanmar under the 1,360-km Trilateral Highway project that starts from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar. These are construction of the 120-km Kalewa-Yagi road sections to highway standard and upgrading of 69 bridges and approach roads on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of 150 km.
The Kalewa-Yagi road section is among the most challenging of the stretches of the Trilateral Highway with steep gradients and sharp curves. Construction of this road is under way and around one-fourth of the road has been completed, the Minister said.
Work on the 69 bridges, including approach roads, in the TKK section was held up after the contractor was terminated in December 2018 due to unsatisfactory performance.
In August 2020, the Manipur High Court dismissed the contractor’s appeal and upheld the termination. After the High Court’s order, work on the first bridge between Moreh and Tamu (Myanmar) is expected to start soon. The remaining 68 bridges will be taken up separately after revising the technical and cost parameters, Jaishankar said.