India to ink infrastructure agreement with Myanmar, Thailand


Gyeongbu Expressway Built in Asian Highways 1 Sign Photo: Wikipedia

In the wake of an agreement between India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan for unhindered vehicular movement, a similar accord with Myanmar and Thailand will facilitate smoother surface movement in the region, India’s union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday according to Desh Gujarat on 1 July.

“An agreement will soon be signed with Myanmar and Thailand to make surface connectivity with adjoining countries in the region easier,” the union minister said.

He also said that funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency would be sought to develop and improve roads in the northeastern region of the country.

The agreement between India and three other member-nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Kathmandu on June 15 was expected to provide a major boost to regional cooperation through unrestricted vehicular movement effective from September 18. 

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