According to the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), as part of the Act East Policy, the Indian Railways is considering connecting the Myanmar border in Mizoram by train.
The Final Location Survey (FLS) of the 223 km from Sairang (Aizawl) to Hbichhuah in Mizoram, close to the Myanmar border, has recently received sanction from the Railway Board.
“Considering the strategic importance of the region and vis-à-vis economic development, the Ministry of Railways has decided to take up the project. This project will provide one more access to Northeast India through Hbichhuah,” the statement added.
NFR said that it will lower the cost and time of transportation of goods via Sittwe Port in Myanmar to the Northeast, adding, “The Sittwe Port in Myanmar was recently inaugurated by Union Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.”
It is also anticipated that a final location survey for the 111 km Imphal-Moreh railway line connectivity project along the Myanmar Border will be concluded soon.
The new broad-gauge line that is being considered will strengthen connections and trade between India and Myanmar as well as the surrounding area. Additionally, it will support the growth of the Northeastern states’ economies.