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Agreement on Trans-Asian railway passing through Manipur signed

July 3, 2007: India signed the inter-governmental agreement on a trans-Asian railway that proposes to connect 28 nations and is to pass through Manipur.

 

Official sources said that the railway board chairman JP Batra signed the agreement on June 29 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Earlier, 18 countries signed it at Busan in Korea in November 2006. Now with India and Bangladesh signing it, 20 countries have become signatories.

 

The trans-Asian railway network envisages 80,900 km of railway lines through 28 countries including 22,600 km through South Asia, Iran and Turkey. The southern corridor of the network begins in Kunming in China and Bangkok in Thailand and ends in Kapikule in Bulgaria.

 

The total length of the route between Bangkok and Kapikule is 11,460 km and it provides trans-continental connectivity to China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iran and Turkey.

 

The proposed route will enter India at Moreh in Manipur bordering Myanmar, then enter Bangladesh at Mahisasan or Shabajpur and again enter India from Bangladesh at Gede. On the western side, the line will enter Pakistan at Attari.

 

There is a 315 km missing link on the route between India and Myanmar. of this, 180 kms in India is between Jiribam and Moreh in Manipur. The construction of this missing link, as per feasibility study conducted by the ministry of external affairs through RITES Limited, is estimated to cost Rs. 2941 crore. On this portion, ministry of railways had sanctioned construction of 97 km new rail link between Jiribam and Tupul costing Rs. 727.56 crore.

 

Apart from strengthening rail links in the northeast, the new network will give opportunity to strengthen ties with south-east Asian nations. It will also improve transport between Asia and Europe, facilitating movement of goods and containers between SAARC and ASEAN countries and enhanced trade. : India signed the inter-governmental agreement on a trans-Asian railway that proposes to connect 28 nations and is to pass through Manipur.

 

Official sources said that the railway board chairman JP Batra signed the agreement on June 29 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Earlier, 18 countries signed it at Busan in Korea in November 2006. Now with India and Bangladesh signing it, 20 countries have become signatories.

 

The trans-Asian railway network envisages 80,900 km of railway lines through 28 countries including 22,600 km through South Asia, Iran and Turkey. The southern corridor of the network begins in Kunming in China and Bangkok in Thailand and ends in Kapikule in Bulgaria.

 

The total length of the route between Bangkok and Kapikule is 11,460 km and it provides trans-continental connectivity to China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iran and Turkey.

 

The proposed route will enter India at Moreh in Manipur bordering Myanmar, then enter Bangladesh at Mahisasan or Shabajpur and again enter India from Bangladesh at Gede. On the western side, the line will enter Pakistan at Attari.

 

There is a 315 km missing link on the route between India and Myanmar. of this, 180 kms in India is between Jiribam and Moreh in Manipur. The construction of this missing link, as per feasibility study conducted by the ministry of external affairs through RITES Limited, is estimated to cost Rs. 2941 crore. On this portion, ministry of railways had sanctioned construction of 97 km new rail link between Jiribam and Tupul costing Rs. 727.56 crore.

 

Apart from strengthening rail links in the northeast, the new network will give opportunity to strengthen ties with south-east Asian nations. It will also improve transport between Asia and Europe, facilitating movement of goods and containers between SAARC and ASEAN countries and enhanced trade.

 

-- IFP 

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Written by popsugar, 2485 days permalink
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Chal-rà ng ho cu an va thik
om lo lem lo ve o!
180km atan khi ti xat chores an budget nih cuan leh. . .a chhe vak don loh hmel khops mai a. . . .kan bairabi
'baby-train' ai cuan LOL(though i do find dem pretty amusing)
Written by Shika_Langel, 2485 days permalink
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tumchu an tum ropui hle . . tumlo
ai chuan an zia zawnk ngei ang.
Written by Shika_Langel, 2485 days permalink
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ooo . . hope "Look East Policy'
really look east. And if it really look theres gonna be a huge benifits for the NE states of India.
Written by alexxfender, 2485 days permalink
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Mizoram lo lut ve se....
Written by Shika_Langel, 2485 days permalink
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. . Sairang ah LOAD a ron lakthin
tur kha an ziaklang lo nge .. .