In­dia seeks road travel agree­ment with Myan­mar, Thai­land

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Road travel to Myan­mar or Thai­land from north­east­ern In­dia may soon be­come a re­al­ity if the two coun­tries ap­prove a mo­tor ve­hi­cle agree­ment pro­posed by New Delhi, the Hin­dus­tan Times re­ported on April 5.

The news­pa­per said the trans­port min­is­ters of In­dia, Thai­land and Myan­mar would meet in the south­ern In­dian city of Chen­nai on April 18 to dis­cuss the de­tails of the agree­ment, which is in line with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s push to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with Southeast Asia.

The frame­work of the pro­posed agree­ment, be­ing pre­pared by the Road Trans­port Min­istry, would open the door for “seam­less tran­sit of pas­sen­ger and cargo ve­hi­cles” among the three coun­tries, it re­ported.

“Once the frame­work is agreed upon, it would be just a mat­ter of time be­fore a for­mal agree­ment is signed; it would give a big boost to trade and econ­omy in the re­gion” the news­pa­per quoted an In­dian gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial as say­ing.

The pro­posed agree­ment is sim­i­lar to a BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, In­dia) agree­ment that New Delhi plans to sign with the three coun­tries in June. The of­fi­cial said that af­ter an agree­ment was signed with Myan­mar and Thai­land it would be in­te­grated with the BBIN cor­ri­dor.

In­dia has bi­lat­eral mo­tor ve­hi­cle agree­ments with Nepal and Bangladesh but a mul­ti­lat­eral pact would go a long way in strength­en­ing trade and tourism in the re­gion, the news­pa­per said.

In­dia is also set to launch a weekly cross bor­der bus ser­vice be­tween Im­phal in Ma­nipur and Mandalay.

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