‘Re-open Stilwell Road to boost trade’

Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh Sunday urged the Centre to take measures to reopen Stilwell Road to boost the trade with Myanmar.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: January 23, 2012 5:25 am

Arunachal Pradesh Governor J J Singh Sunday urged the Centre to take measures to reopen Stilwell Road to boost the trade with Myanmar.

Singh pointed out that a border trade centre that was set up at Nampong in Changlang in 1997 following a trade agreement with Myanmar has been defunct for several years.

The Governor took up the matter during a meeting with Union Minister of State for Development of Northeastern Region Paban Singh Ghatowar.

If and when the road is reopened,Arunachal would import teak,among other items,from Myanmar,which would not only help the economy but preserve the state’s valuable forests as well,Singh said.

The cross-border trade across the Pangsau Pass “will also have an impact on the economy of the insurgency-affected region by making it a production hub for Myanmarese and western Chinese markets,” Singh said.

The 1736 km Stilwell Road was built during World War II and connects Ledo in Assam to Kunming in the Yunnan province of China through Changlang and Myanmar.

The governor has also called for re-opening the area along the 1080-km Arunachal-China border to tourists.

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