NEW DELHI, April 16 - Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday admitted that the construction of the road component of Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport project is behind schedule.
The work on road construction has already been awarded on March 17, and the construction period is 36 months, said Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar in a Lok Sabha reply.
Mentioning that Government of India is developing the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar, he said that the project includes a waterways component of 158 km on Kaladan river from Sittwe to Paletwa in Myanmar and a road component of 109 km from Paletwa to Zorinpui on India-Myanmar border in Mizoram, he said.
The waterways component comprises Sittwe Port, Inland Water Transport (IWT) terminals, backup facilities and navigational channel, he added.
Under waterways component, Port and Inland Water Transport (IWT) terminal at Sittwe and related back up facilities and the trans-shipment terminal and related facilities at Paletwa; navigational channel along Kaladan river from Sittwe to Paletwa and six self-propelled IWT vessels have been completed, Akbar said.