Sonowal inaugurates Port of Sittwe, Myanmar

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Myanmar’s Deputy Prime Minister Admiral Tin Aung San jointly inaugurated Myanmar’s Sittwe Port on Tuesday and took delivery of the first Indian cargo ship, according to an official statement. The cargo ship was flagged off from Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in Kolkata.

With the development of Sittwe Port, the cost and time for transporting goods between Kolkata and Agartala and Aizwal will decrease by 50 percent, the statement said.

“This will boost trade connectivity and people-to-people ties between India and Myanmar and the wider region, and help boost the economic development of the northeastern states under the government’s Act East policy,” Sonowal was quoted as saying in the statement.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways emphasized the close historical, cultural and economic ties between India and Myanmar, particularly Rakhine State Myanmar.

He reiterated India’s longstanding commitment to the development and prosperity of the people of Myanmar through development initiatives such as the Port of Sittwe.

According to the statement, this project was designed to provide an alternative connection from Mizoram to Haldia/Kolkata/any Indian ports via the Kaladan River in Myanmar.

The project envisages highway/road transportation from Mizoram to Paletwa (Myanmar), then from Paletwa to Sittwe (Myanmar) by Inland Waterway (IWT) and from Sittwe to any port in India by seagoing, she added.

The Port of Sittwe was developed under the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) funded by grants from the Government of India.

Once fully operational, the waterway and road components of KMTTP will connect the east coast of India to the north-eastern states via the Port of Sittwe, the statement said. The opening of the Sittwe Port would improve bilateral and regional trade and contribute to the local economy of Rakhine State in Myanmar.

The better connectivity provided by the port will lead to job opportunities and improved growth prospects in the region, he added.

The opening of the Sittwe Port would improve bilateral and regional trade and contribute to the local economy of Rakhine State in Myanmar.

The better connectivity provided by the port will lead to job opportunities and improved growth prospects in the region, he added.

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