The inauguration of the Port of Sittwe in Myanmar marks a new dawn for transportation in the North East: Sonowal

Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, will receive the first Indian cargo ship at Sittwe Port in Myanmar on May 9.

The ceremony is likely to usher in the regular transit of cargo ships between Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in Kolkata, India, and Sittwe Port in Rakhine State, Myanmar, ushering in a new era of transportation between the two countries.

The route is likely to unlock huge economic potential for the entire Bay of Bengal peninsula and provide a bridge between South Asia and the regions of Southeast Asia, Sonowal said while addressing media on May 5 in Dibrugarh.

Sarbananda Sonowal said: “Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, North East India remains at the forefront of India’s development agenda. As we stand on this historic threshold where landlocked Northeast India finally has much shorter access to the International Sea Route, this would not have been possible without Narendra Modi ji’s visionary Act East proposal. Because of Modiji’s commitment to the progress and prosperity of the Northeast region, we have been able to push ahead with the expeditious execution of the Port of Sittwe in Myanmar, aiming to improve Northeast India’s trade prospects in the years to come.”

Aside from North East India, this port will also unlock huge trade potential for Bangladesh, Bhutan and even Nepal – apart from India and Myanmar – by acting as a bridge to South East Asia.

Sittwe port development is part of the Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP). Once operational, the port of Sittwe will provide a multimodal transit link with Southeast Asia.

The Port of Sittwe was developed under an India-Myanmar Framework Agreement for the construction and operation of a multi-modal transit transportation facility on the Kaladan River, linking the Port of Sittwe in Myanmar with the state of Mizoram in India.

Connectivity with Northeast India: From Paletwa to Zorinpui in Mizoram: The Port of Sittwe is connected to Paletwa in Myanmar by an inland waterway and from Paletwa to Zorinpui in Mizoram by a road component.

From Sittwe, Myanmar to Sarboom, Tripura: Goods from Kolkata to the port of Sittwe can be shipped to the port of Teknaf, Bangladesh, which is only 60 nautical miles from Sittwe. Goods can be transported by road from Teknaf Port to Sabroom, 300 km away. Sabroom has an integrated customs border between Bangladesh and Tripura.

The Port of Sittwe and the Kaladan project will benefit Tripura enormously by significantly reducing transport time and logistics costs.

Sarbananda Sonowal continued: “Once fully operational, Kaladaan Multi-Modal Transport TP will provide alternative connections from the east coast of India to the north-eastern states via the Port of Sittwe. This is a far more viable route for trade and commerce in NE India than the existing route via Siliguri to Kolkata, saving time and money and offering excellent efficiency.”

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