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CCEA approves road project connecting India, Bangkok

Cabinet approves projects worth over Rs 3500 crores to be completed by 2020

July 12, 2017 / 05:15 PM IST
A labourer works at the construction site of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway in Manesar in the northern state of Haryana, India, July 9, 2015. To match insight INDIA-INFRASCTRUCTURE/ REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTX1KM9A

A labourer works at the construction site of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway in Manesar in the northern state of Haryana, India, July 9, 2015. To match insight INDIA-INFRASCTRUCTURE/ REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTX1KM9A

The Cabinet Committee on Economics Affairs (CCEA) today approved road projects worth approximately Rs 3500 crore having national and international importance.

The international project to upgrade a 65 kilometre stretch on NH-39 will connect Imphal to Moreh, Manipur, under the Asian Highway project reducing travel time from 3.5 hours to 1.45 hours.

“Moreh touches the border of Myanmar (through which) we can now go to Bangkok (by road),” said Nitin Gadkari, union minister for road and transport.

The highway will pass through Imphal east, Thoubal, Kaching, Chandel and Tengnoupal and will be part-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).