The deep-sea port has been built by India as part of the Kaladan multimodal project to boost connectivity between the mainland and the landlocked state of Mizoram.
The Sittwe deep-sea port on the west coast of Myanmar, a key part of the $484 million Kaladan multimodal project on which India has been collaborating with Myanmar, is now ready for operations, according to shipping minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
Originally scheduled to be completed by 2014, the project aims to reduce the cost and time for the transportation of goods and essentials from mainland India to Mizoram. Goods will be transported from Kolkata to Sittwe by sea and then up the Kaladan river by boat to Paletwa in the Chin state of Myanmar and from there to Mizoram by road.
Mandaviya said, “Now, a private company needs to start operating that port. That company has been identified. In the next few days, the port will be operationalized.”