Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project







I. Implementing AuthorityMinistry of External Affairs (for the portion in Myanmar)


   Implementing Agency Inland Waterways Authority of India


   Estimated Cost Rs. 545.85 crore


II. Implementing AuthorityDepartment of Road Transport and Highways (for the portion in Mizoram)


    Implementing Agency Public Works Department, Govt.of Mizoram


    Estimated CostRs. 550 crore




The Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Facility envisages connectivity between Indian Ports on the eastern seaboard and Sittwe Port in Myanmar and then through riverine transport and by road to Mizoram, thereby providing an alternate route for transport of goods to North-East India.  The project also provides connectivity between India and Myanmar, which will lead to the development of trade between the two countries.  It will also contribute to economic development of Mizoram and other North-Eastern states.


The project involves development of a trade route between the two countries along the river Kaladan.  The river Kaladan is navigable from its confluence point with the Bay of Bengal near Sittwe up to Setpyitpyin (Kaletwa), Myanmar, on its North.   Beyond this the river is not navigable owing to shallow water depth and frequent rapids.  Therefore, transportation by road is proposed for this stretch.  From Sittwe Port to Kaletwa, transportation will be by waterway and from Kaletwa to India-Myanmar border transportation will be by road.


The objective of the proposal is to provide an access route to the land-locked North-Eastern region of India. The project is significant in view of severe pressure on the Siliguri Corridor and Bangladesh's continued intransigence in providing us transit rights through its territory to the North-East.


Route of The Project


a) Kolkata to Sittwe:                                      Sea                                  539 km.


b) Sittwe to Setpyitpyin:                                 Inland Water                       225 km.

    (Kaletwa)  Transport on river Kaladan


c) Setpyitpyin to India- :                                 Road                                  62 km.           

    Myanmar border


Handling Points Along India-Myanmar Border


  • Handling Point in India            : Hmawngbu (Mobu) in Mizoram.
  • Handling Point in Myanmar      : Myeikwa.

On 21.12.2007, India and Myanmarese officials initialled the following agreements:

  1. Framework Agreement on the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project;
  2. Draft Protocol on Facilitation of Transit Transport; and
  3. Draft Protocol on Joint Maintenance and Administration of the Kaladan Project. 

Ministry of External Affairs has decided to fund the project fully and handover the project to the Myanmar side on completion. The Framework Agreement and Accompanied Protocol is likely to be signed in the first week of April, 2008.


The project activities of upgradation of port and waterway and construction of road from Kaletwa to Indo-Myanmar border is expected to be completed by 2011-12. Inland Waterways Authority of India have been appointed as the Project Development Consultant by Ministry of External Affairs for the Myanmar portion. They are in the process of making the designs for the Myanmar portion.


II. Road linkage in Mizoram from the Myanmar border upto NH-54. It is proposed to construct a two-lane highway of 117 kms. near Lawngtlai (Mizoram) to the Myanmar border to provide road linkage to Sittwe port in Myanmar being developed as part of the Kaladan Multi Modal Project. DORTH proposes to construct a two-lane highway with 12m wide formation. The estimated cost is Rs.550 crores and is included in Phase-A of SARDP-NE. The road is being constructed by Mizoram PWD.




Status As On - 23.02.2011


Status As On - 04.05.2012


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