IMPHAL, Aug 8 - The much-awaited India-Myanmar border land road was formally opened on Wednesday.
Notably, the Union Government has already announced Manipur�s border town Moreh, 110 km from here, as an immigration check post of India as it connects with Myanmar through the Friendship Bridge.
Commissioner (Transport) M Lakshmikumar who attended the event told The Assam Tribune over the phone that Indians travelling to Myanmar would no longer require obtaining special permits and they would be given visas provided they possess passports with the opening of the India�s only border road through Moreh town.
Earlier, citizens of the two countries were allowed free movement up to 16 km of each other�s territory. Indians who intended to travel beyond 16 km had to take special land permits from the Myanmar authority.
Convener RK Shivachandra of Manipur�s Act East Policy Committee, Additional Chief Secretary Suhel Akhtar, Special Secretary Home Kh Raghumani, Brig AS Chauhan of the Assam Rifles, the DC and the SP of Tengnoupal district were present at the opening ceremony representing the Indian delegation.
Myanmar�s Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population Permanent Secretary U Awe Lwin led the Myanmar delegation. Consul General of India in Myanmar Nandan Singh Bhaisora also attended the event.