The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed agreement for up gradation of Yagyi – Kalewa section of highway in Myanmar to two lane with earthen shoulder. This project is part of India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway and will be NHAI’s first international task.
The project aims to provide seamless vehicular movement for enhancing trade, business, health, education and tourism between Indian, Myanmar, and Thailand.
It is being funded by Ministry of External Affairs, India and will be executed on Anatomist, Procurement and Structure (EPC) mode at a cost of Rs.1177 crores.
The project will have 3 new major bridges and 2 new minor bridges. Its existing 4 major bridges and 9 small bridges will be repaired and strengthened and 6 existing minimal bridges will be reconstructed.
The Yagyi – Kalewa stretch will have 6 vehicle lay down byes, 20 bus bays and passenger shelters and 1 rest area. The project will be performed and completed in three years.
The project includes several new major and minor bridges, reconstruction of exiting bridges and culverts, 20 bus bays and one passenger rest area.
The task was originally awarded to the JV last September but work orders were issued just this month.
The Rs 1,177 crore project will be implemented on an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) basis by the NHAI through the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA).
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)
- NHAI is an autonomous statutory agency of Central Federal government, responsible for management of network of over 70,000 km of national highways in India.
- It was set up through NHAI Act, 1988. In February 1995, it was formally made an autonomous body.
- It is nodal company of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
- It really is accountable for the development, management, operation and maintenance of National Highways.
India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway
- The IMT Trilateral Highway is regional highway being constructed under India’s Act East policy to boost connectivity in the region.
- It will connect Moreh in India with Mae Sot, Thailand via Myanmar.
- The highway is expected to boost trade and commerce in ASEAN-India Free Trade Area, as well as with rest of Southeast Asia.