NEW DELHI: After Chabahar Port in Iran, Sittwe in Myanmar may emerge as the next overseas strategic port for India.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is helping to develop Sittwe Port, located at the estuary of Kaladan river in the Rakhine province of Myanmar, for improving connectivity with Mizoram in the North East.
Arun Kumar Gupta, Managing Director, Indian Ports Global Ltd (IPGL), said, "MEA is assisting in Myanmar's Sittwe Port. Inland Water Transport Authority (IWAI) is their consultant and we are the implementing agency. An inland water transport jetty has already been constructed by India at Sittwe. Possibly, a container terminal might also come up at Sittwe. We have just got a detailed project report and the same is being reviewed."
IPGL is a joint venture between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Deendayal Port Trust for overseas ventures.
"There is a river, Kaladan, which originates from Mizoram and flows from North to South. A part of the river has been made navigable to a draught of about 1.5 to 2 metres. It is planned to transport cargo through barges up the river till Palletwa. The final leg to Mizoram border will be by road," Gupta said.