India to open super highway to Burma and Thailand

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    India to open super highway to Burma and Thailand - NY Daily News


    India plans to open a new motorway that will allow access to Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in hopes of creating a new economic zone. The plan to build the economic zone was previously difficult due to international sanctions on Burma.
    Tuesday, May 29th 2012, 12:43 PM

    The new highway will open up new oil and gas opportunities off the coast of Burma, and also Vietnam, as well as easier access to Japanese products made in Thailand.
    India is to open a new four lane motorway to allow traders and tourists to drive from its eastern tea state of Assam into Burma, Thailand and eventually Cambodia and Vietnam.

    The new "trilateral highway" is aimed at creating a new economic zone ranging from Calcutta on the Bay of Bengal to Ho Chi Minh City on the South China Sea.

    The first phase of the project was agreed during Indian prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh's visit to Burma this week when he and President Thein Sein set a 2016 deadline to complete a super highway linking Guwahati in Assam to Burma's border with Thailand via Mandalay and the former capital Rangoon.

    According to analysts, the road is a key part of a plan to open the "Mekong-India Corridor" to link the world's second fastest growing market – India – with the new Asian Tiger economies of Indo-China.

    Until now plans to open this new economic zone, which bypasses China, the world's fastest growing economy and superpower, have been hampered by international sanctions against the former military regime in Burma.

    But with the gradual easing of sanctions following the series of democratic reforms unveiled by Burma's president Thein Sein since last August, the obstacles have now cleared.

    For India, the new highway will open up new oil and gas opportunities off the coast of Burma, and also Vietnam, as well as easier access to Japanese products made in Thailand.

    It would also bring new wealth to its poor and marginalized North-Eastern states like Manipur and Nagaland, which have been blighted by local insurgencies and heavy security.

    The highway will also recall the historic ties between India and Burma which unraveled following their independence from Britain after the Second World War.

    During most of the colonial period Burma was governed as a province of British India from Calcutta and later New Delhi. Aung San Suu Kyi, like other children of Burma's elite, was a pupil and university student in India.

    Mohan Guruswamy of the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Alternatives, said a two lane highway connecting the Indian border to Mandalay, 375 miles away, had already been built, and the next phases will be to broaden it to a four-lane road and extend it a further 375 miles to Rangoon.

    "The idea is that you can get in a car or bus and drive to Bangkok from Guwahati. Burma was the hurdle, but now it has opened up, thanks to the Americans. It marks a great opening of a new economic zone," he said.
     
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    And on to Kampuchea and Vietnam!

    Trade will flourish.

    And those wanting to go to China from India could veer off on the highway/ railroad connecting South China to Yangon!
     
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    Left hand drive or right hand drive?
     
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    "key words" here is "to" and "plan"..

    when on hell will the "to" and "plan" be finished?

    India has not a good record on finishing "to" and "plan".

    BTW,how about india's "Great Himalaya railway plan"? it was raised when CHinese Tibet railway was finished several years ago....
    has the "plan" been finished?
     
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    so i can take my car to thailand it will be grat fun with friends.
     
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    Wow. So we can drive to Thailand, that is just awesome. :D
     
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    Actually i would be even more happier if we had a train link to China. That way if we had short falls in Onions we can buy from you and you had short falls in Rice we can sell them to you. Who knows in the future we can plan agriculture cycles of which nations should grow what for the climate and that way increase production and counter inflation and keep growth High. That is what is needed in the future and this cave man attitude of doubt your neighbor.
     
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    ^^ A long track from the coastal manufacturing regions of China, via India's N-E states, all the way to Gujarat and Maharashtra, with branches moving down to Bangalore, and even all the way to Coimbatore-Kochi. And a branch up towards NCR.

    That would be the ultimate booster for trade and growth.
     
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    tyhis development is just another in a series of good moves made by the MMS admin - so i wonder if there might be a re-think by some of his critics on this forum ? he also has had a reasonably good record of delivering on time ( contrary to what chicom above has tried to use discouragement over ) ... and if the road can be extended to Ho Chi Minh city - then that would be nothing less than awesome and better than dragon's road to tibet !!

    ....for the economy the implications with thailand and vietnam are obvious, for culture the connection with cambodia is great ( Ankor Wat ) and for defence the road to the northern part of vietnam will be as valuable, so we canplace even artillery , rather than the more expensive missiles in norhern vietnam just as dragon has placed artillery in tibet !

    tit for tat to chicoms
    cant blame us - you started it !
     
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    Dont need all that, we just need a link to connect with our existing grid which goes all over India.
     
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    if we have rail line up to china then our guys can enjoy chines beauty.
     
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    See the diffrence is BJP would have made it happen and the road work would have started. With congress it is just a noble dream. All the 4 lane high ways where started by NDA, if not for them we wont even have good high roads.
     
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    Road Link between India and Thailand

    Road Link between India and Thailand


    Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai (30.05.2012)
    India and Myanmar have pledged to complete the road link from Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar by 2016.

    The agreement was reached during the visit by Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Myanmar which ended on May 29, 2012.

    The road will complete one of the most important missing links in the entire Asian Highway network and give a significant boost to trade, tourism and transportation between Thailand and many landlocked parts of Asia, including the restive Northeastern region of India.

    Under the agreement, which also includes the extension of a US$500 million line of credit to Myanmar, India is to repair/upgrade 71 bridges on the Tamu-Kalewa friendship Road, and also upgrade the Kalewa-Yargyi road segment to highway standard, while Myanmar will upgrade the Yargyi-Monywa stretch to highway standard by 2016.

    While it will enhance the economic and investment potential of Myanmar, as the two governments desire, the road will also accelerate the deforestation of Myanmar and worsen problems related to drug-running and organised crime syndicates.

    The two leaders also welcomed the preparations that have been made towards organizing the International Conference on Buddhist Heritage in Myanmar in December 2012 with the cooperation of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Religious Affairs of Myanmar and the Sitagu World Buddhist Association.

    The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the ongoing pace of work on the project for conservation and restoration of the Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar by the Archaeological Survey of India which is expected to be completed over the next 2 years.

    Furthermore, the Indian Prime Minister invited the President of Myanmar to visit India on mutually convenient dates, which will be decided through diplomatic channels. The President of Myanmar accepted the invitation.
     
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    New Asian highway section to link India-Myanmar-Thailand

    The Myawaddy-Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section of the Asian highway linking India, Myanmar and Thailand has been put into service, the media reported. Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun, Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Chairman of the Kayin National Union General Saw Mutu Sae Po attended an inaugural ceremony of the service on Sunday, Xinhua reported. With the 25.6-km-long section becoming operational, travel time between Thinggan Nyenaung and Kawkareik will be reduced from three hours to 45 minutes. The construction of the Asian highway section started in 2012 with the assistance of Thailand. The Asian highway runs from Moreh in India to Thailand's Maesot via Myanmar's Tamu, Mandalay and Myawaddy. The section, also part of the East- West economic corridor of the Greater Mekong Subregion, will not only enhance trade between Myanmar and Thailand, but also contribute to better links among people in the region. A cornerstone laying ceremony was also held at Myawaddy on Sunday for the building of Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge No.2 to link Thailand's Maesot with Myanmar's Myawaddy.

    New Asian highway section to linkIndia-Myanmar-Thailand
     
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    A freight corridor between Hanoi and NE India would also be great for trade.
     
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    1.India is in a prestigious and key position to promote SA's surface links to the Mekong valley in the east; and to W Asia and C Asia in the west. Leaders need to show vision and far-sight so that the peoples of SA can benefit from such projects.
    2. In the east, Burma must resolve issues that have caused continuous insurgencies for more than half a century. In the west, Indo-Pak political differences should not become a barrier to such positive projects.
     
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    It is also important that Bangladesh resolve all its issues with Burma... A freight corridor from Eastern India through Bangladesh will be beneficial to her in earnings from shipment of goods over it and also marketing its own merchandise to ASEAN countries...
     
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