Union Cabinet approved construction of 69 bridges on trilateral highway in Myanmar

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Who: Construction of 69 bridges on trilateral highway
Where: In Myanmar
What: Approved by Union Cabinet
When: 30 December 2015

The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 30 December 2015 approved the construction of 69 bridges including approach roads on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of the trilateral highway in Myanmar.

The bridges will be constructed at a cost of 371.58 crore rupees.

Key facts related to construction of bridges on TKK road section:

The construction of bridges will impart all weather usability to the TKK road section, which is also part of the route for the proposed Imphal-Mandalay bus service.

It will improve connectivity between India and Myanmar and facilitate the movement of goods and traffic.

The project will be implemented in Engineering Procuring and Construction (EPC) mode through Project Management Consultant (PMC).

It will be closely monitored by the Indian Embassy in Yangon, PMC and the Ministry of External Affairs.

The project is envisaged to be completed by mid-2019.

Background

During the visit of the then prime minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar in May 2012, it was agreed, at the request of Government of Myanmar, to undertake construction of 71 bridges in the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of the Trilateral Highway.

The Government of Myanmar has started work on constructing two bridges, on its own, as these bridges needed urgent attention.

As a result, construction of the remaining 69 bridges will be undertaken under Government of India’s assistance.