The port of Sittwe in Myanmar has officially opened, opening up India’s north-eastern region

The Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, today visited the strategic port of Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar. In a glittering ceremony, the Port of Sittwe was inaugurated jointly by Union Minister Sonowal and the Government of Myanmar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Union Minister for Transport and Communications as they welcomed the first Indian cargo ship into the port. Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways of the Union and Ayush, said on the occasion: “Today is a historic day for both India and Myanmar as we begin our relationship for mutual growth and cooperation in trade and commerce of.” Operations in the Port of Sittwe.

The port offers ample scope for developing tremendous value in trade and commerce between India and Myanmar, particularly between Northeast India and Rakhine State in Myanmar. It provides an efficient channel for Northeast India’s commercial interests, providing cheap and speedy transportation between Kolkata and Northeast India. Under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji’s dynamic leadership, work on the Port of Sittwe has been accelerated as we continue to work under Modi ji’s leadership to enable and strengthen the potential and opportunities of North East India. I must take this opportunity to thank Admiral Tin Aung San and the Government of Myanmar as we continue to cement our historic relationship with the opening of the Port of Sittwe. India remains committed to the development and prosperity of the people of Myanmar through development initiatives such as the Port of Sittwe. I am confident that the Port of Sittwe will act as India’s gateway to Southeast Asia, heralding growth and progress.” The Port of Sittwe was developed under the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP), funded by grants from the Government of India becomes. Once fully operational, the Port of Sittwe will link the East Coast of India to the Northeastern States, resulting in significant cost and time savings and providing an alternative route for the Northeast of India to join the International Sea Route via the Port of Sittwe access.

In addition, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “As part of India’s ActEast initiative, the Port of Sittwe is part of the $484 million Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project (KMTTP) being built by the Government of India in Myanmar.” Port of Sittwe would enhance 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. If India joins Amrit Kaal, I am confident that this important milestone will play a crucial role in ushering in growth and development for the people of the region in the days to come. Led by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji’s ActEast Policy, we strive to develop these ties for the greater benefit of both nations. Aside from Northeast India, this port will also unlock huge commercial potential for Bangladesh, Bhutan and even Nepal – India and Myanmar aside from that – by acting as a bridge to Southeast Asia. This is the true reflection of Modi ji’s implementation of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” philosophy.” The seaport, with a maximum capacity of 20,000 DWT, will make Sittwe the maritime hub of Myanmar, reducing the cost of transporting cargo from other parts of India to the Northeast India’s drastically, opening up unprecedented opportunities for economic growth in the region. KMTTP consists of 4 sections – from India to Sittwe Port by sea, from Sittwe to Paletwa via Kaladan River, from Paletwa to India-Myanmar border by road and from the border to our NH by road. Earlier, MS-ITT LION (V-273) was received by Union Minister Sonowal and Deputy Prime Minister of Myanmar Admiral Aung San at the newly inaugurated port of Sittwe. The ship had 20,000 bags containing 1,000 tons of cement on board. The Port of Sittwe was developed under an India-Myanmar Framework Agreement for the construction and operation of a multimodal transit transport facility on the Kaladan River, connecting the Port of Sittwe in Myanmar with the state of Mizoram in India. The port is connected to Paletwa in Myanmar by an inland waterway and to Zorinpui in Mizoram by a road component from Paletwa. Once fully operational, the Port of Sittwe will provide alternative connections from the east coast of India to the north-eastern states.

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