Imphal, Sept 13: India-Myanmar bus service will start from November 10 this year to strengthen the ties between the two countries even though there are some undercurrent of boundaries issue between the two countries, said U Thar Neng, the Yangon Airbus Association Chairperson, in a Myanmar published daily.
This decision was also intimated to Manipur Chamber of Commerce & Industries, which is a part of Confederation of Indian Industries and Indian Chamber of Commerce.
4 mini buses with capacity of 36 passengers each will ply 4 times a week
U Thar Neng said that the trans-national bus service will ply from Mayek township of Myanmar to Imphal in India. He also said that preparations are already on to start the service from November 10, prior to the South East Asian Games to be hosted by Myanmar.
He also said that a meeting to discuss the same was held with Myanmar-India Friendship Association on August 27 and the service is being launched to strengthen the ties between the two countries and not just for the purpose of connectivity.
In the first phase, 4 mini buses having a capacity of 36 passengers each will ply four times a week. The duration will be three days and the one way fare will be 63 US dollars.
He further stated that the bus service is not for business purposes but to strengthen the ties between the citizens of the two countries while maintaining that the service will also cement cultural ties between the two countries. The trans-national service had also made the task of trans-national permit and visa easier.
The Trans-Asian Road which is aimed to be completed by 2018 will pass through Tamu, Kalay, Moniwa, Mandalay, Nepido, Yangon, Maolamyang, Dawei, Mayek, Mawongto, Parachek and reach Mesot, Thailand by passing through Taninthari and Segang divisions of Myanmar.