FROM A REPORTER
SHILLONG, Nov 20: The first India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) friendship car rally was on Sunday officially flagged off from the capital city of Meghalaya by Chief Secretary of the State KS Kropha from the premises of the State Convention Center.
There are around 20 vehicles which will travel from Shillong to Kaziranga-Kohima-Imphal-Moreh (India-Myanmar border) including travel tours from Delhi-Bangkok. The journey contains 19 days of tour and a travelling distance of 5722 km.
Speaking at the function before the flag off, Kropha observed that the event will bring about friendship and alliance between the Indian people and the people of its neighbouring countries of Myanmar and Thailand.
Expressing concern over the lack of participants from the state, he said, “It’s very disheartening to witness that there is not a single participant from Meghalaya.”
He however said in the near future if any such event is organized, the government will ensure that there will be participants from the state.
According to him, participation in such events will boost the interaction, rapport and friendship that get build up which are much more lasting and endurable.
“Myanmar has been very close to us we did not have the kind of equations or relations which should have been there particularly in the context of the North East,” he said.
Commenting on the Act East Policy of the Central Government, he said, “It is not only about people to people context but commercial, political, diplomatic relations will be on a much stronger footing where interactions become much easier. Exchange of people and trade will gain momentum.”