UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1127
TO BE ANSWERED ON 20.12.2018
STATUS OF TRILATERAL HIGHWAY PROJECT
1127. SHRI MOHD. ALI KHAN:
SHRI HUSAIN DALWAI:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) the roadmap with targets to complete the work on India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, area-wise and year-wise;
(b) the challenges being faced in completing the Highway;
(c) the steps the Ministry would take to address those challenges, complete the work on the Highway in time and the details of estimated cost of the project;
(d) what are the concerns of Myanmar and Thailand in signing the Motor Vehicle Agreement; and
(e) the manner in which the Ministry plans to address those concerns?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]
(a) The 1360 kms long India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway is an initiative pertaining to India, Myanmar and Thailand. It traverses from Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar. India is undertaking two sections of the Trilateral Highway
namely, (i) construction of Kalewa-Yagyi road section in Myanmar, and (ii) construction of 69 bridges on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section in Myanmar. The work on both these sections has been awarded on Engineering, Procurement and Construction mode
and is underway since May 2018 for Kalewa-Yagyi section and November 2017 for the TKK section. The contractors are mobilised on project site. The scheduled time for completion of both the projects is three years from the date of commencement at the project
site by the executing agency.
(b) & (c) Both the projects are under implementation by the respective executing agencies. The construction of 69 bridges on TKK section is behind schedule. Both the projects are directly supervised and monitored by the appointed Project Management Consultant/Technical
Executing Agency who have their own personnel on project sites. Further, progress of the projects are under close and periodic monitoring of the Government, including through our Mission in Myanmar. The estimated cost of the projects are Rs. 1459.29 crore
for Kalewa-Yagyi road project and Rs. 371.58 crore for the 69 Bridges on the TKK road project.
(d) & (e) A Motor Vehicles Agreement along with protocols for regulating and facilitating movement of cargo and passenger vehicular traffic is under inter-governmental negotiations between India, Myanmar and Thailand. The Myanmar Government has conveyed that
it would proceed further once it has comprehensively reviewed the implementation of similar arrangement with other countries.