Kaladan project delayed due to Myanmar political situation: Union ministers

Union Minister RK Ranjan Singh said the ambitious Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project has been delayed due to the political situation in Myanmar. The center gives priority to the bilateral cross-border project and also the waterway projects with Bangladesh under the Act East Policy, he said.

“Due to the unpredictable atmosphere in Myanmar, our progress on the Kaladan project is somewhat faltering,” Singh, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, told reporters here.

Remarkably, thousands of Myanmar people have crossed the international border and sought refuge in Mizoram after the neighboring country’s military toppled the country’s elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in February 2021.

The Kaladan project has been strategically planned by the center to connect the northeastern part of the country with the Indo-Pacific nations, the minister said.

The project, which will connect the port of Sittwe in Myanmar, aims to contribute to the economic development of the north-eastern states of India by opening the sea route for various products. It also provides a strategic connection to the Northeast region, thereby relieving pressure on the Siliguri Corridor.

“The Kaladan project is being strategically planned by the center in full cooperation with the Mizoram government.

The project will connect us to all Indo-Pacific countries when completed,” said Singh, who hails from the Northeast region.

The center is also looking for waterways to connect it with Bangladesh, the minister said.

During the day, Singh also attended the G20 business meeting in Aizawl.

At the meeting at Mizoram University (MZU), he said the Northeast region has a significant young population who are “agile in their skills and well experienced in communicating fluently in English with customers”.

“This must be used by our business community to hire qualified people in all sectors. NE region has diverse potential to advance ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’,” he added.

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