Somra mirrors true sign of transition in Myanmar
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Pamreiso Shimray

Somra (Myanmar), April 17 2014: In the last few years after Myanmar steps into transitional phase, Somra has shown an impressive economic progress and testified the commitment of Thein Sein's government to develop areas bordering her neighbour India.

Somra, a Tangkhul village situated about 16-km from international border inside Myanmar, is the nearest town from Tusom village in northern Ukhrul.

In recent times, it has been upgraded to sub-township under Layshee and Thein Sein's government has initiated remarkable infrastructural developments.

A 29-km ride on the rugged road from Tusom village, located 150-km from Ukhrul headquarters, leads up to a black-topped road in Somra, where small businesses boom in every lane of the village, and incandescent bulbs sparkle by evening—all thanks to the initiative of a local who owns a small power supply firm.

A panaromic view of Government Hospital in Somra, Myanmar
A panaromic view of Government Hospital in Somra, Myanmar

On development front, Somra paces ahead of Tusom village, the last Indian border village in the North-eastern Ukhrul where there is no electricity, no healthcare service and connectivity in deplorable state.

A country that was once known for its iron rule under military Junta exhibits a paradigm shift in its policy at domestic and foreign front. There is no security check point at the entrance to the border village, and Indian nationals from Ukhrul now have a free access to Myanmar's soil.

The Thein Sein's government is now connecting Somra with a 38-feet double-lane highway via Leiyum and Phungtrate from Layshee, the biggest town in the north-western border under Naga Hills province.

Indian-manufactured five land excavators have been stationed near its military post here and are ready to press into service for the road construction.

In 2013, the Myanmar government constructed a hospital at Somra - where professional physicians and nurses are posted from the country's capital Rangoon.

For the past several years, the inhabitants along Somra tract were dependent on the Indian side for medicines.

Locals are now overwhelmingly happy with the new hospital that now even conducts surgeries for patients.

The developmental progress taking place in Somra tract in the last two years has awed border villagers in Ukhrul.

A Tusom local VVngam Shatsang opined that the Thein Sein's government has been taking serious interest in boosting border trade with India.

After the declaration of opening international border haat at Tusom village, Myanmar has been very keenly implementing works to facilitate the proposed border haat at Somra, Shatsang added.

Member of Parliament Shidi, who is hailed and elected from Somra, has been in constant touch with both villagers from across the border.

He has put in serious effort, as per the locals, to materialise the border haat—as planned through bilateral agreement between India and Myanmar.

The New Delhi has agreed to set up the border haat at Tusom Village and Border Liaison Office (BLO), a project that has never seen the daylight till today.

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.

  • Kang Exhibition Game #1 : Gallery
  • BAMCHAS 31st anniversary at Bangladesh
  • Representing Collective Anxiety
  • Exalting the Imphal Thana
  • Transformation of CPRs & SERs in India #2
  • Leirang Flavour of NorthEast #1: Gallery
  • Day 4: Rongmei & Zemei Dance: Gallery
  • Day 4: Shillong Chamber Choir Gallery
  • Day 3: Traditional percussions #2: Gallery
  • Domestic LPG at Sangai Fest venue
  • Day 5: Pung Chollom : Gallery
  • Day 3: Polo (India Vs Thailand) : Gallery
  • Day 2: Classical Dance #2: Gallery
  • Sangai Festival Day 1 #5 : Gallery
  • Career options in ITBP
  • Ruskin bonding - II
  • My Master! :: Poem
  • Essence of Meitei Nationalist Party
  • The Nehruvian engaged Nehru with children
  • Appreciate each other's contribution: Hoho
  • Fixation on Territory
  • Dy CM : Graceful in defeat
  • Day 4: Power Para Gliding : Gallery
  • Healing plants of Manipur: Ghrita-kumar
  • Day 2: Asian Theatre Fest : Gallery
  • Sangai Festival Day 1 #4 : Gallery
  • CM plans for Information Technology Park
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand : Timeline
  • BJP MLA Thongam Bishwarjit : Gallery
  • Politics & its influence in appeasement
  • Ode to April :: Poem
  • Oppose Anti-Reservationists Rally @Delhi
  • National campaign on Child Trafficking
  • Connectivity and NE Economy
  • Looking at the deeper implications
  • Day 3: Traditional percussions #1: Gallery
  • Day 2: Classical Dance #1: Gallery
  • Koubru : A precious hill in Manipur
  • Of Comments, Tussle and Sentiments
  • On The Way Home :: Poem
  • Sangai Festival Day 1 #3 : Gallery
  • Prog Schedule: Movements In Recent Past
  • Ningol Chakouba @UK : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakouba at Kent, United Kingdom
  • 'Nehru, children and science' at Imphal
  • Speciality courses for NE doctors from Jan
  • Mizoram bans turmeric from Myanmar
  • Restrict number of vehicles during wedding
  • 9th Polo Intl: India Vs USA : Gallery
  • Poudonlung, Jenchui :: eMing
  • Sangai Fest: Bus Tour : Gallery
  • Sangai Fest: Film Festival : Gallery
  • Sangai Festival Day 1 #2 : Gallery
  • New positive & negative developments
  • On an Autumn Night :: Poem
  • Assessing implementation hurdles
  • Reqts @ Nirmaan Training Academy
  • Peace Education Development Prog
  • NSCN-KK mulls separate agenda for Nagas
  • No separate pacts with ultra groups: Ravi
  • 8th 'Naga Unification' day observed
  • All roads lead to venue of Sangai Fest
  • Sangai Festival Day 1 #1 : Gallery
  • Is there real 'recovery' from addiction
  • USA team for 9th Manipur Polo Intl
  • My search for the Manipur Lok Ayukta
  • 9th Manipur Polo Intl : Game Fixture
  • Thangmeiband by-election : Gallery
  • FOSS Training @Assam Don Bosco Univ
  • Free Academic Workshop For NE @DU
  • Victim of Discrimination in Ghaziabad
  • 'Pride of India' award: Kanarjit Kangujam
  • Lajong retains Shillong Premier League
  • Every Naga has right to voice thoughts..
  • NE theatre goes to Bangla
  • NEHU to have ASEAN centre
  • Myanmar Airlines @Imphal Airport: Gallery
  • Verdant hills of Ukhrul : Gallery
  • Manipur Sangai Festival : Schedule
  • Tribal Cultural Fest #1 : Gallery
  • I Accept this Precious Life : Poem
  • Congress Grass Control using sickle pod
  • ZU(AMN)-ZB(AMN) issues
  • Prisoner & process of dehumanization #2
  • Creation of stereotypes, flagrant distance
  • 1st CM Md. Alimuddin remembered
  • The Nehruvian founded
  • New Executive Committee Of MSAD
  • Day of reckoning in two ACs
  • Ningol Chakouba @Bangalore : Gallery
  • Preparation works for Sangai Fest: Gallery
  • Panti Neimei: Prayer for longevity of life
  • Australia team for 9th Manipur Polo Intl
  • Registrations open for Alcheringa 2016
  • Launch of Blood Donor Mobile apps
  • Ramina Haorokcham in BBC India top 100
  • Tree plantation program at Lishamlok
  • Wildcraft opened new showroom in Imphal
  • Algorithms In Engineering (AIE) @ IITG
  • Special Winter School at HRDC, NEHU
  • Polo Intl : Manipur team players' profile
  • Measuring dishonesty
  • Divide becoming sort of a constant
  • Ningol Chakouba @Imphal : Gallery
  • Career as Dental Assistant
  • Sanjenthong Bridge inaugurated : Gallery
  • Tribal traditional methods of forest
  • Ningol Chakouba @Mantripukhri : Gallery
  • The Naga Political Struggle #3
  • I Am... :: Poem
  • AIFF scouts for sites in Imphal
  • Mary picked for AIBA's Olympic Test event
  • NE militants using Chinese arms: Rijiju
  • NE Women & Entrepreneurship
  • Showcasing Manipur via Sangai Fest
  • Ningol Chakouba @New Delhi : Gallery
  • England team for 9th Manipur Polo Intl
  • Aberrations & Dilemma
  • My Journey Your Life :: Poem
  • International year of the soils
  • Women's Income Centre @Thoubal : Gallery
  • Ruskin bonding
  • Keibul Lamjao: Dancing Deer: Presentation
  • Ningol Chakouba Festival at New Delhi
  • Delegates : BCIM meet @Chengdu, China
  • Two Sukhoi land at Imphal airport
  • Guwahati-Bangkok in 48 hrs: Study
  • Keeping the editorial space blank
  • Ningol Chakouba @Pune(AMAND) : Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn the Manipuri script
  • Ningol Chakkouba at Pune
  • Madness of MPSC in Astt. profs recruitment
  • Bureaucracy : Master or servant ?
  • Sangai Youth Art : Gallery
  • Sangai Youth Art Challenge 2015 held
  • Condemns AR curtailing freedom of press
  • NE Indigenous Peoples' Parliament
  • Phou Suba @ Andro :: Ooba Video
  • Chakkouba Fish Fair #2: Gallery
  • Amur Falcon in mountain of Tamenglong
  • Concept of Manipur Film Industry
  • Football (5 players aside) @Bangalore
  • Ningol Chakouba @Pune(UMCF) : Gallery
  • Lalit Thapa :: Player Profile
  • Ningols to mapam lamdam #2: Gallery
  • Final Match of MSL: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba @MBC : Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba Shopping #2: Gallery
  • Ningols to her mapam lamdam: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba :: Flash Presentation
  • Mera Houchongba @Konung #5: Gallery
  • Ningol Chakkouba : Biggest festival
  • Tingkai Khullen, Senapati : Gallery
  • Likon Sanaba @Wangoo #2: Gallery
  • 87 Manipuri graves- WW I :: Download
  • Sunitikumar: Wood Carving : Gallery
  • Jiribam Wallpaper #2 : Download
  • Download :: PMP Bill 2015
  • Download :: MLR&LR Bill 2015
  • Download :: MSE Bill 2015
  • Sapam Robinhood - Lamjing Meira