India has blocked Moreh-Imphal road near the India-Myanmar border as conditions in Manipur State remain unstable. This brought a halt to business at Nan Phalon market.
“Our market depends on seven states of India. They blocked the main road to our market, and our business has stopped. Now we will have to wait and see if it will reopen after Saturday. We heard a blast last night around 2am in the border area. We don’t know what happened, as usual. We don’t understand the political situation. What we know is if they block the road, we can’t do business,” said Aung Zaw Lin from Tamu Youth Network.
Although both governments have agreed to run buses and trucks between Imphal and Mandalay, the plan has not been implemented as the situation in the border areas of India and Myanmar are not stable and roads and bridges are unsafe.
“Nan Phalon market mainly depends on buyers from India. The market is separated from Moreh just by a fence,” said Ae Thwe, a vendor at the market.