NEW DELHI, April 29 - The ambitious Kaladan Multi Modal Transit and Transport Project has missed its deadline of October 2015. The project was expected to be completed within its revised project cost of Rs 2,904 crore.
The Kaladan Project aims to provide connectivity between India and Myanmar from ports on India’s eastern sea board to Myanmar’s Sittwe port and further to North East India through Myanmar using sea, river and road transport modes to facilitate movement of goods.
The project includes a waterway component of 158 km on Kaladan river from Sittwe to Paletwa in Myanmar and a road component of 109 km from Paletwa to Zorinpui along the India-Myanmar border in Mizoram.
On Indian side, the 99.83 km road from NH-54 at Lawangtalai to Zorinpui in Mizoram, has achieved a physical progress of 66 per cent and the work is likely to be completed by June 2018.
As regards construction of 109 km Kaladan road in Myanmar, tender for selection of contractor was issued in February and the submission of bids is in May, Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen VK Singh (retd) said in a Rajya Sabha reply.
While the original waterways component of Kaladan project is approaching completion by June, the additional items under waterways and road components are scheduled to be completed by April 2019, he said.
All efforts are being made to complete the project within the approved timeframe, said the Minister.