Yangon, Myanmar has planned to build a new Manipur River Crossing Bridge in Chin state on the main border trade route with India, according to the Road Transportation Ministry of Chin State on Wednesday.
Scheduled to start in December this year, the new river-crossing bridge, also known as the Mansaung Bridge, will be built near Tiddim and Reed border towns adjacent to the existing suspension bridge.
The 557-feet-long and 30-feet wide Mansaung bridge will be a concrete one with two lanes.
The project is expected to be completed in three years, said U Shwe Htee Ooe, minister of road transportation of Chin state.
The existing suspension bridge was damaged by a natural disaster in 2015 and allowed only 16 tons of vehicles to cross the bridge, causing transportation difficulties, especially during the rainy season.
According to statistics of the Ministry of Commerce, border trade between Myanmar and India hit about 195 million US dollars in the fiscal year 2018-19 which ended in September.
The border trade during the year increased by 57 million U.S. dollars compared with the previous fiscal year.
The Myanmar-India total border trade during the period was shared by Myanmar's export of 171.3 million dollars and its import of 23.3 million dollars.
The two countries carry out border trade mainly through Tamu, Reed and Thantlang cross-border trade camps, while a major part of bilateral trade are delivered through ships.
Myanmar mainly exports to India fruits and vegetable, fishery and forestry products, while importing from India medicines, electronic products, motorbikes, cotton yarn, non-alloy steel and other construction materials.