India seeking to further develop the northeast of their country has undertaken a number of infrastructure projects with Myanmar, including construction of 69 bridges in the neighboring country as part of a trilateral highway.
Indian Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said that the bridges and road projects under the India-Myanmar-Thailand highway will benefit both Myanmar and the northeastern states.
India will also be implementing the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) with an aim to improve connectivity between Indian ports on the eastern seaboard and Sittwe port in Myanmar.
However, awarding of work for construction of roads between Paletwa and Zorinpui under the KMTTP in Myanmar has been rescheduled due to delay in undertaking pre-bid site inspection. But there is no cost overrun due to delay.
With India to build dozens of bridges in Myanmar for improving infrastructure, it is a part of the opening up of a transport corridor.
As Myanmar’s construction industry grows more sophisticated in its scope, which includes roadways and bridges, high-rise buildings, the requirement for high-quality technical and construction chemical solutions will increase. BASF has announced a plan to set its first manufacturing plant in Myanmar in 2017.
Subject to Myanmar regulatory approvals, the plant will be located in the country’s commercial capital, Yangon. It will be designed to produce tailor-made construction chemical solutions for the local building market.
BASF has a successful track record in supporting major building and infrastructure projects in Myanmar such as Thilawa Special Economic Zone, Yeywa hydropower dam, Myingyan steel mill, and others.
They can draw on their decades of experience in the region and around the world to support Myanmar’s development in this important sector, said Christian Mombaur, head of the BASF Construction Chemicals division’s regional unit in Asia.
BASF has been offering solutions to customers in Myanmar for the past ten years through local distributors but opened its service office in Yangon in September 2015.