Friday, February 15, 2013

Myanmar, India aim to step up pace on Kaladan project


Friday, 15 February 2013 11:33 Mizzima News

Myanmar and India will work together to speed up implementation of the Kaladan project and road construction programs, Myanmar’s state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on Thursday.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein shakes hands with India's Lower House Speaker Meira Kumar at the Credentials hall of the Presidential Palace, Naypyitaw on February 13, 2013. (Photo: President's Office)

The announcement came following talks between Myanmar President Thein Sein and India's Lower House Speaker Meira Kumar in Naypyitaw.

They reportedly discussed progress on the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project, which when completed in 2014-15 will connect eastern Indian seaports, particularly Kolkata, with a seaport in Rakhine State capital Sittwe—a total distance of 593km. It will then link Sittwe to the landlocked area of Mizoram in Northeastern India via river and road transport.

India and Myanmar have also agreed to work toward an early completion of the India-Myanmar-Thai highway construction; the acceleration of the repair work of Moreh-Tamu-Kalay-Kalewa-Mandalay highway; and renovation of the Ledo Road, which was built in World War II to link India’s Assam to Kunming in China, but which passes through Kachin State en route.

Besides, effective cooperation for ensuring peace and stability in border region, further cooperation in ICT and other sectors between the two countries and cementing bilateral friendship were also focused in their talks, the report said.
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