Govt approves Kaladan multi-modal transport project in Myanmar

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New Delhi, Mar 27 (UNI) The Cabinet today approved the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project in Myanmar, which would facilitate a smooth access to Mizoram and other north-eastern states as well as an outlet to the sea.

The project, to be executed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), includes sanctioning of Rs 535.91 crore under 'Aid to Myanmar' funds for upgrading Sittwe Port and Kaladan Waterway and construction of a road from Setpyitpyin (Kaletwa) to the India-Myanmar border.

As part of the project, the Department of Road Transport and Highways would undertake construction and improvement of a 117-km road on the Indian side from the India-Myanmar border up to NH-54, an official spokesperson said.

The Department of Road Transport and Highways would also carry out pre-construction activities as part of the road construction in India under separate funds allocation.

The Cabinet also approved signing of the Framework Agreement and Protocol on Facilitation of Transit Transport and Protocol on Maintenance and Administration.

''The project is aimed at providing an access to Mizoram and to other north-eastern states as well as an outlet to the sea,'' the official said.

UNI/SKS VD HT1420

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