India and Myanmar discuss joint venture to set up thermal power plant

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IMPHAL, August 4: India and Myanmar today discussed a joint venture to set up a Thermal-power plant in Sagaing region of Myanmar. 

The meeting was held at the Tamu township Army headquarters, Myanmar. 

The Myanmar delegates were led by its Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe of the Ministry of Electric Power, Sagaing region, while the Indian delegates were led by Manipur Commerce and Industry Minister Govindas Konthoujam. 

Following the discussion, the Myanmar Union Minister U Khin Maung Soe said he will discuss the venture with the top leaders of his country and inform the Indian side soon. 

If discussions between the two countries end successfully, the project will see the Indian side finance the plant, while the Myanmar government will provide the required land. 

The two sides also discussed the issue of visa service between the two countries to ensure trouble free passage of travellers between them. 

Manipur minister Govindas placed before the Myanmar delegates that from the Indian side efforts are on to actualise the service at the earliest. 

He also urged the Myanmar side to do the needful from their side and to support the Integrated Check Post to be constructed on the Indian side. 

During the meeting, Govindas had also highlighted the arrest of six Indians by Myanmar authorities, which the Myanmar Minister had assured to look into and discuss their release with the country’s concerned authorities. 

The Indian delegates present during the meeting included consulate general Embassy of India, Mandalay N Nandakumar, additional DC, Moreh Robert Singh, chief engineer (Electricity) Sarat Singh, Border Trade & Chamber of Commerce, Moreh president V Sekhar and other officials.

The Myanmar delegates include State Power minister, Sagain region Eu-Kya Win, Border Trade Chamber of Comerce, Tamu chairman U Hla Maung and others. 

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