Review of Progress of Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project (KWMTTP)

Review of Progress of Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project (KWMTTP)

Recently the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways has reviewed the progress of “Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project” (KWMTTP) in Mizoram.

  • Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project was approved in the year 2008. Its objective is to connect Northeast India with Kolkata via Sittwe port located in Rakhine province of Myanmar.
  • The first section of the project, starting from West Bengal, covers a distance of more than 500 km to the port of Sittwe.
  • Its second section is the Kaladan River waterway connecting Sittwe port to Pletwa. Its third section includes a roadway, connecting Paletwa (Myanmar) with Jorinpui (Mizoram, India).
  • Originally this project was to be completed in the year 2014 itself, but now it has been targeted to be completed by the year 2023.

Importance of KWMTTP

  • The project provides an important alternative route to Northeast India.
  • It significantly shortens the distance between the Northeast and the rest of India.
  • It facilitates India’s access to Southeast Asia through Myanmar in line with the objectives of the Act East Policy.
  • It will boost economic, commercial and strategic ties between India and Myanmar.

Source – The Hindu

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