The much awaited bus service connecting India and Myanmar border is all set to be flagged off on April 7. The road will cross through India’s northeastern state of Manipur, which will offer a new boost to India’s improved road connectivity with some of the leading Southeast Asian countries as part of the Look East Policy.
Latest reports suggest that this historic bus service between India and Myanmar will be flagged off on April 7, 2020. Reportedly, the 579 km bus service between Imphal in India and Mandalay in Myanmar will be the first bus link after 17 years of government talks and planning.
State Chief Minister N Biren Singh, while announcing the same during the assembly session, stated that the Imphal-Mandalay flight service might start soon under the UDAAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme. He added that after taking due permission from the Civil Aviation Ministry, tenders have been rolled out. The Chief Minister also said that bus service will help to strengthen the bond between both the countries.
Further elaborating about the bus service, the state Chief Minister mentioned that the bus service will be operating three times a week. Later on, the bus services on the said route might be turned into a daily service based on the demand from passengers.
It is speculated that the said service will not only help to enhance direct contact between people of both the countries, but will also help boost other sectors too, including health, education, and tourism.