Recently External Affairs Minister of India said that the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project is in the final stages however, the project was delayed because of various challenges.

Points To Note

  • Subrahmanyam Jaishankar further said that the Sittwe Port is now operational for some time.
  • Minister also said, the Paletwa Inland Water Terminal Project has also progressed.
  • Jaishankar also stated that, the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Project was delayed because of road building. Jaishankar stated that the region faces the challenges of some law and order. However, now the countries will be able to push through the challenges.
Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project

Backdrop

The Kaladan project which costs US$ 484 million was supposed to be completed and operation by 2014.

The Kaladan Road Project

Kaladan Road Project is a $484 million project that connects the eastern Indian seaport of Kolkata with Sittwe seaport in Rakhine State of Myanmar through the sea route. The Kaladan Road Project will link the Sittwe seaport in Myanmar to Paletwa in Chin State through the Kaladan river boat route. Then the project will connect the Paletwa by road route to the Mizoram in Northeast India. Currently, the Sittwe port, river dredging and Paletwa jetty projects are completed. This project is also seen as an important component of India’s Act East Policy that seeks to link up India with Southeast Asia through Myanmar.

Why the project got delayed?

The route of the Kaladan Road Project along the Paletwa and Kaladan river is troubled because of the Chin conflict and the Rohingya conflict. It is also troubled because of militant groups like Arakan Army. Because of these conflicts the project got delayed. Paletwa route accounts for less than 20 kilometer along the Bangladesh border.

The Sittwe

Sittwe is the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The city is located on an estuarial island. It lies at the confluence of rivers Kaladan, Mayu, and Lay Mro.

Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project