The Kaladan bilateral project, conceived nearly two decades ago, aims to connect India and Myanmar by sea as well as land routes. The long delay in completing the project prompted the prime minister to say at a review meeting on January 27 that all ministries should review international projects, especially in neighbouring countries, on the level of ministers once every month, according to the minutes of the meeting, reviewed by ET.
The prime minister asked the foreign ministry and ministry of ports, shipping and waterways to operationalise the Sittwe Port by the end of July this year, which will connect the Kolkata port by the sea with Sittwe. The foreign ministry was further told to expeditiously resolve issues hindering the progress of the road component of the Kaladan project, expedite execution and complete the same by end of 2024.
The project consists of the development of the Sittwe Port for the 539-km sea route from Kolkata to Sittwe, an inland water transport system of 158 km over river Kaladan from Sittwe to Paletwa in Myanmar, a 110-km road from Paletwa to the Indo-Myanmar border, and a 100-km road from the border to Lawngatlai on NH-54 in Mizoram.