BBIN Current Affairs

CCEA approves SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program – Tranche 2

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its approval for upgradation and widening of 65 kms of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur.

The Imphal-Moreh Section is a vital link in providing road connectivity up to Thailand and Malaysia. It will boost trade, commerce and tourism in the region.

Key Facts

The project is being developed with Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) loan assistance under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program. It aims at upgradation of road infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India (BBIN) in order to improve the regional connectivity.

The project corridor is also a part of the Asian Highway No. 01 (AH01).  It will fulfil India’s “Look East” Policy and acts as India’s Gateway to the East. Thus, it will promote and enhance trade link with South East Asia.  The project will also improve connectivity between Imphal with the eastern part of Manipur which is a landlocked state with almost 90% of the area under difficult terrain.

SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (SRCIP)

SRCIP is a strategic initiative that aims to achieve regional integration among the members of the SASEC group by improving road connectivity within the North Bengal-North Eastern Region in India. The members of SASEC group are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. 

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BBIN Friendship Motor Car Rally flagged off from Silchar

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Friendship Motor Car Rally was flagged off from Silchar, Assam.

The international rally aims at highlighting connectivity in the sub-region and seamless movements of vehicles across the borders in the 4 nations through implementation of BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA).

Key facts

  • The Car Rally has been jointly organised by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Kalinga Motor Sports Club (Odisha) in partnership with the counterpart clubs of the neighbouring countries.
  • The 19-days rally will culminate at Kolkata (West Bengal) on December 2, 2015 next after covering the capitals of Indian states and neighbouring countries.
  • The rally will cover total 4,500 km distance across three countries- India, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Nepal is skipped due to political tension in some areas of the country.
  • It will cover Jharkhand (Ranchi), Bihar (Patna), Sikkim (Gangtok), Bhutan (Timphu), Assam (Dispur), Meghalaya (Shillong), Tripura (Agartala) and Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Once implemented, BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement would lead to economic integration of the region and help to improve bilateral relations between 4 neighbouring countries.

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