chief minister N Biren Singh
chief minister N Biren Singh

Guwahati: Giving a new boost to India’s improved road connectivity with some of the leading South East Asian countries as part of the Look East Policy, the much-awaited and historic bus service between Imphal and Mandalay in Mayanmar will be flagged off on April 7.

Announcing this on the floor of the state Assembly on Wednesday, state chief minister N Biren Singh informed the members that Imphal-Mandalay flight service may soon be launched under UDAAN scheme. Tenders have been invited after due permission taken from the Civil Aviation Ministry for the flight service, he said.

Elaborating the plan, the state chief minister informed the members of the House that the bus service will operate three times a week. Later, based on the demand from passengers, it may be turned into a daily bus service.

“On April 7, the bus service to Imphal would be flagged off from Mandalay in Myanmar and another bus service to Mandalay would be flagged off from Imphal on the next day,” Chief Minister N Biren Singh said, adding:

A Mandalay-based local bus company, Shwe Mandalar Express Company Limited would manage the service from Mandalay whereas in India, Seven Sister Holidays Company Limited will operate from Imphal.

Expressing happiness over the development, N Biren Singh also said that the bus service will definitely strengthen the relationship between both the countries.

Some of the important sectors like tourism, health, etc., will be strengthened with the launching of the bus service. This will also improve people-to-people direct contact between both the countries.

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