Manipur CM N Biren Singh

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said that the state can become an investment destination owing to the upcoming Asian Highway and new railway projects.

Expressing his high expectations from the Asian Highway, Biren Singh said the Highway will make Manipur a gateway to the Southeast Asia as the work is going on in full swing.

The Asian Highway will go through state capital Imphal up to Moreh town on the Indo-Myanmar border. The Highway is developed from existing National Highway 39 into the four-lane Asian Highway.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday Biren Singh said, “Land related issued have been solved and land acquisition process has already been completed.”

The four-lane highway named as Asian Highway 1 will stretch through Manipur and connect the state with several countries of Southeast Asia and the construction work is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

Meanwhile, improvement of railway connections is also on in the state. The Jiribam-Imphal railway line is scheduled to be completed and be made operational by December 2020.

Owing to hill trains, the 111-km-long railway line will pass through tunnels and a number of bridges.

Reflecting on the insurgency in the state, the CM said, “Manipur is now a totally peaceful state.”

However, he admitted, there are few instances of extortion as some miscreant groups are still active in the state.

Admitting that the problem of extortion remains, Singh said the issue will also be solved once successful deliberations are held with the insurgent groups.

Moreh, as a part of India’s “Look East” and now “Act East” policy, is the gateway not only to Myanmar, but also for reaching Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

According to reports, the Land Port Authority of India is developing 45.58 acres of land along the Moreh border to facilitate trade and people movement.

The state will be in a strategic position for India, as it will open India’s trade and commerce opportunities envisioned in the Act East Policy.

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