Transport Linkages to Turn Manipur into a Gateway to Southeast Asia
8 November 2018
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh expressed optimism that expansion of National Highway 39 as part of Asian Highway 1 and rail connectivity will bring investments into Manipur.
Development on the highway is set to be completed by mid-2021. This highway will pass through the state capital Imphal and reach Moreh on the Indo-Myanmar border. The Chief Minister highlighted in an interview that land acquisition has been completed and land related issues have been resolved.
Work on the 111 kilometer-long rail connectivity from Jiribam to Imphal is also ongoing. Completion is set for 2020. Once finished, this will put Manipur on the Indian Railway network.
These upcoming transport linkages will facilitate connectivity with Myanmar, and onwards to Thailand, Lao PDR, and Cambodia, turning Manipur into a gateway to Southeast Asia. In anticipation of the increase in trade volume, an integrated check post (ICP) is being built in Moreh, 110 km away from Imphal. This ICP will handle transshipment of cargo, and will be equipped with customs and immigration, passenger terminal, warehouse for import, and parking for cargo trucks.