Kaladan Multi Modal Transport highway project - an alternate north east poised for world class connectivity

The Framework Agreement and Protocols for the implementation of the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project were signed in April, 2008. The Project envisages connectivity between Indian ports on the eastern seaboard and Sittwe Port in Myanmar and then through riverine transport and road to Mizoram through Lawngtlai. This would include dredging of River Chhimtuipui (or Kaladan) from Sittwe to Setpyitpyin (Kaletwa), construction of a river port at Paletwa and construction of a highway between Kaletwa and Mizoram. The Kaladan project has been approved at a total cost of Rs. 535.91 crore. The Ministry of External Affairs is the nodal agency representing India for the project. India’s Essar Group was awarded contracts for construction of the seaport and the riverine port in Myanmar.The distance from Kolkata to Sittwe is about 539 kms by sea. Sittwe to Setpyitpyin (Kaletwa) a distance of about 225 kms is to be via Inland Water Transport on river Kaladan. Setpyitpyin to India - Myanmar border is to have a highway of 62 kilometres. From this point to Lawngtlai in southern Mizoram is about 95 kms. Mizoram PWD is implementing the construction of a 2 lane highway on this sector. The Project cost is about 550 crores which is being met through the SARDP - NE. The completion of the Project will open up possibilities for better connectivity and movement of goods between India and Myanmar.

The Project will elevate Mizoram from a land locked state with negligible trade to an important international trading partner and facilitator of the border trade with South - East Asian nations very near in the future.

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