By M.Devanand Sharma
Imphal (Manipur) ,Aug 6 : In January this year the Indian Cabinet approved an agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing. Though specifics remain unclear, particularly amid challenges faced by both countries including confronting the Rohingya crisis and aligning on various aspects of cross-border regulation.
However, visiting Myanmar through land route will soon become a reality with the governments of both the countries deciding in organising land border crossing ceremony between the two countries at Myanmar’s Tamu town on August 8 next while the actual permits to common people will be issued from August 11 onwards .
The Myanmarese government has started preparations for organising an ‘Opening ceremony of International border of Myanmar- India’ at Tamu town of Myanmar on August 8 in an effort to ease transportation, business operations and tourism.
Welcome Pillars’ constructed near the Friendship Bridge on the road to the town of Tamu has already been erected . Myanmarese citizens are happy now since there would no more problems of ‘Special Land Entry Permission’ in the country.
The Myanmarese government in its bid to promote tourism in the country and business ties with other South East Asian countries has suspended the special land entry permission which was earlier required for visitors while entering the country via land routes.
Sources said that Consul general of india to Myanmar Nandan Singh Bhaisora, Manipur Chief secretary Dr.J Suresh Babu and Committee on Act East policy Convener RK.Shivachandra are expected to attend the August 8 event.
Officials of Myanmar ministry of labour, Immigration and population permanent secretary , top officials of Sagaing and Naypyidaw and Tamu officials will be representing Myanmar at the event.
As per the agreement, bus operators of the state will provide transport service from Imphal to Tamu while operators from Tamu would provide from Tamu to Mandalay.
A joint meeting of the bus operators will be held soon to finalise schedules,guidelines and the bus fares. ‘Swemandalar Express Company and Royal Tamu Princess Company limited will provide transport service for Myanmar, Committee on Act East policy Convener RK.Shivachandra’ said.
The agreement on land border crossing signed by the two countries has done away with the strict rules and anyone with visa and passport can enter the country at any time and can stay up to 13 days in Myanmar.