As part of the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project being developed in Rakhine State in Myanmar, Indian authorities are set to construct a motorway to Myanmar on a budget of nearly $250 million.
Indian officials have already chosen a Delhi-based company to undertake the building of a new motorway from Paletwa port in Myanmar to Mizoram border gate in north-east India, and the construction works are scheduled to start in October, the last month of rainy season.
The four-lane road will be implemented with 16 billion Indian Rupees, which is approximately $248.8 million. India has already finished building the Sittwe port that is incorporated in the Kaladan project, seeking to connect the eastern Indian seaport of Kolkata with Sittwe seaport in Myanmar by sea as well as to link Sittwe seaport to Paletwa in Myanmar through Kaladan river boat route and then from Paletwa on to Indian north-eastern state of Mizoram by road transport.
India and Myanmar signed the agreement for the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project in 2008, and project construction works commenced in 2010. The project was originally scheduled to be completed by 2014 and later postponed the date to 2015. Still, financial troubles could further delay the accomplishment of the project.