India handed over six donated cargo vessels to Myanmar to support the joint
Myanmar-India Kaladan Multimodal Transportation Project, according to a press
release from Myanmar's Inland Water Transport (IWT) on June 29.
Handed over at the Sittway Port in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, the six
cargo vessels, worth 81.29 million U.S. dollars, are in readiness to transport
goods and passengers along the river.
Dredging will be underway for the heavy vessels to embark at the port which
will accommodate goods from Rakhine and other states by the end of this year,
said the statement.
The 45-meter-long and 9.5 meter-wide vessels, each having a cargo capacity
of 300 tons, were built at Dala, Dagon Seikkan and Dawbon dockyards in Yangon.
The project was funded by India.
Meanwhile, two industrial zones will be built in Haka and Paletwa in Chin
state next year by the Chin state government as part of the Kaladan project,
The Myanmar-India Kaladan multi-model transportation project, which nears
completion, will boost trade between the two countries and help Myanmar
trade with India.
The 480-million-U.S. dollar Kaladan project is being implemented in three
phases with the first phase including construction of Sittway Deep Seaport and
Paletwa Jetty, dredging the Kaladan waterway and construction of six vessels.
The second phase covers construction of 109 km-long road to link Paletwa
with the Indian border region and the third phase comprises construction of a
60-km highway between Laungtalai, India's Mizoram State and Myanmar's Chin
The completion of waterway and highway project passing through Myanmar's
Rakhine and Chin states will help support better transport and trade between
the regional countries.
and India signed the contract on Kaladan transportation project in 2008.