Imphal, 25 June-2014: With an aim to strengthen relations and increase people to people contact with neighbouring Myanmar, New Delhi has started discussion with the Myanmar authorities. The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has been in discussion with the Transport Planning Department of the Ministry of Rail Transportation of Myanmar for introducing cross border bus service from Imphal (Manipur) to Mandalay (Myanmar).
An Indian delegation led by Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Niraj Verma, visited Nay Pyi Taw recently and attend an inter–ministerial technical level meeting to negotiate and finalise the memorandum of understanding (MoU) and related protocol agreements for the proposed bus service. The Indian delegation comprised representatives from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Manipur government and the Deputy Chief of Mission, Indian Embassy in Myanmar. The Myanmar side was led by Sann Aung, Director General, Transport Planning Department. Officials of the Ministry of Rail Transportation and representatives from all concerned ministries and agencies of Myanmar government also took part in the meeting.
During the discussions held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the leaders of the delegations from both sides highlighted the importance accorded to the bus service between Imphal and Mandalay for greater people to people contact and enhanced bilateral relations and the commitment of the two countries to work towards early start of the bus service by finalizing the MoU and related protocol.
The Indian side also briefed the Myanmar side about the status of construction of road from Kalewa to Yargyi in Myanmar being implemented with Indian assistance and on steps being taken by the Government of India for construction of 70 bridges on the Tamu–Kalay–Kalewa Friendship Road in Myanmar which forms part of the proposed India–Myanmar–Thailand Trilateral Highway and also the preferred route for the Imphal–Mandalay bus service.