India-Myanmar-Thailand road pact


India will sign a trilateral road agreement with Myanmar and Thailand in the coming days to promote trade and tourism in the region, said Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari said this at a media meet in New Delhi.

“We will sign a road agreement with Myanmar and Thailand to link the North-East to the two East-Asian countries. the agreement is ready and it will be signed in 15 days,”said Gadkari.

“This will not only be a bridge of roads, but it will connect hearts. Frequent transport will automatically help our relations grow deep and strong,” he added.

The pact between India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) will provide a seamless vehicular movement between SAARC and ASEAN nations and will enhance trade, business, health, education and tourism between India and the two countries.

To check road accidents, the Minister said government has issued directions to concerned agencies for the rectification of 726 black spots, which cause a high number of accidents in the country.

India accounts for about 5 lakh road accidents a year in which 1.5 lakh people die and 3 lakh are crippled.

Mr Gadkari said, the landmark Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) Motor Pact has already been inked with identification of 14 routes for passenger services and 7 routes for cargo movement.