Kolkata-Mizoram trade route via Myanmar

  • A deep water port built in Myanmar’s Sittwe by India is ready to be commissioned.
  • The Sittwe port is starting point for the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar.
  • Once shipments arrive at Sittwe port from Kolkata, they will be transferred to smaller freight carriers which would sail upstream into Mizoram.
  • Significance of this route:
    • Provides alternative route to India to ship goods to the landlocked north-eastern States.
    • Significantly lower the cost and distance of movement from Kolkata to Mizoram and beyond.
    • Reduces dependency on only route narrow strip dubbed as the Chicken’s Neck in West Bengal, sandwiched between Bhutan and Bangladesh.


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