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Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP)

 

Source: BS

 Context: India has officially begun the operation of the Sittwe Port in Myanmar by flagging off a vessel containing 1,000 metric tonnes of cement from the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in Kolkata.

 

About Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP):

Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) connects the eastern Indian seaport of Kolkata with the Sittwe seaport in Rakhine State, Myanmar by sea. In Myanmar, it will then link the Sittwe seaport to Paletwa in Chin State via the Kaladan river boat route, and then from Paletwa by road to Mizoram state in Northeast India.
RouteKolkata (India) – Sittwe (Myanmar) – Paletwa (Myanmar) – India-Myanmar border

 

SignificanceReduce distance from Kolkata to Sittwe by approximately 1328 km; reduce the need to transport goods through the narrow Siliguri corridor; create an alternative route to connect northeast and mainland India
StatusUnder construction; Sittwe port expected to be operational by early next year