Kaladan Multi-Modal Transport Project

Locations

Type

Intermodal

Status

Announced/Under Negotiation

Total Reported Cost

484.0 million USD

Initiatives

Start Date

April 2008

Start of Construction

2010

Planned Completion Date

Contractors

Consultants

Implementers

Operators

Funders

Source(s) Amount
None

Description

The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transport Project will improve connections between the Indian port of Kolkata and the port of Sittwe in Myanmar. First, it will improve facilities along the Kolkata port-Sittwe seaport in Myanmar via the Bay of Bengal. Second, it will improve inland waterway connectivity in Myanmar from Sittwe port to Paletwa via. the Kaladan River Boat Route. Third, it will have an overland component, which comprises the construction of two roads which connect to the multi-modal corridor at Paletwa. One road will be 110 kilometers and will go from Paletwa to the Indian border. The second will be 90 kilometers, and will go from the Indo-Myanmar border at Zorinpui to Aizawl-Saiha National Highway at Lawngtlai in Mizoram, India. This second connection is part of the larger East-West Corridor, a highway network which northeast India to the rest of India. This project is currently distressed and has experienced numerous delays.

The improvement of this corridor will take the pressure off the flow of goods through the Siliguri corridor, also known as the "Chicken's Neck", a narrow landbridge that connects India's northeastern states to the rest of the country. When complete, the project will belong entirely to Myanmar. The project is being financed by the Indian Government under the category of "Aid to Myanmar".