Monday, November 28, 2022

Manipur plans mega air, road & rail connectivity


Manipur is set to become the second state in the North East after Guwahati (Lokpriya Nath Bordoloi International Airport) to have air links with other countries.
This was announced by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Thursday who also said that his government planned to introduce international flights from Imphal airport (Bir Tikendrajit International Airport) to Mandalay and Bangkok under the UDAAN Scheme.
Biren Singh said this while addressing the inaugural session of the ‘One Day International Business Summit, Gateway Manipur-Connecting ASEAN Countries’ in Imphal.
Underscoring Manipur as the gateway to ASEAN and beyond, Singh said better connectivity would have a positive impact on sectors like tourism, logistics, services, healthcare, education, IT and IT-enabled services towards ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth.
He claimed that Imphal International Airport was the third-busiest airport in the North East. He said the ongoing works at the airport, including a new integrated terminal and an air cargo terminal, will further consolidate the air connectivity infrastructure in the state.
Singh stated that improvement of the national highways till Moreh was nearing completion and that completion of regional projects such as the Trilateral Highway Project, Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project and the SASEC Road Connectivity Projects would be transformative for Manipur and the North East.
He also said that rail network has reached Manipur and that there were plans for Asian Railways through Moreh-Tamu by extending the rail line beyond Imphal.
The inaugural session was also attended by minister counsellor (Commercial) Royal Thai Embassy, Thailand Saithong Soiphet, minister counsellor (Commercial) Royal Thai Embassy to India Surapat Phosaen and others.

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