India’s ambassador to Myanmar emphasised that all projects being undertaken by India in Rakhine State are aid projects for the welfare of the people of the state. Ambassador Shri Saurabh Kumar said this during a ceremony in Sittwe, Rakhine, to handed over 20,000 kits containing food and tarpaulins worth US$235,000 (K341 million) for people displaced by conflict.
India is currently involved in the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP ) in Rakhine. The ambassador said the strategic project to link the port of Kolkata in India with Sittwe is important for Myanmar and India. The project comprises three stretches that include shipping, inland waterways and road transportation.
The longest among these stretches is the shipping segment from Kolkata to Sittwe. The project is expected to boost connectivity, contribute to job creation and development in the whole region including in Rakhine and Chin State.
India has already completed the development of Sittwe Port and inland water transport terminals at Sittwe and Paletwa. According to an Indian Embassy official, the operator and maintenance contractor has been selected and port operations will start soon.
Ambassador Shri Saurabh Kumar said that India is looking forward to the early completion of the road and is confident that all concerned will provide assistance towards this objective as the KMMTTP has a huge potential to impact the economy of Rakhine and provide livelihoods to local people. The total cost of the KMMTTP is estimated to US$484 million making it India’s largest grant in aid project abroad.
Source: Myanmar Times