Thursday, July 18th 2024

Paletwa- Zorampu road is under construction: Junta commerce minister

Na‘Kaladan project will not be affected by Rakhine State unrest'

Myanmar’s federal economy and commerce minister U Aung Naing Oo reveals that the connecting road from Paletwa in Chin State to Zorampu in Mizoram State (India) is under construction.

He also asserted that the Indo-Burma  Kaladan   multi modal project will not be affected by the unrest in Rakhine State.

Aung Naing Oo informed it while interacting with a group of Indian journalists, reported BETV, a business online media outlet.

"The ongoing unrest in Rakhine State will not affect the Kaladan project,” said the Burmese minister.

He also added that as part of the project the construction of Paletwa- Zorampu road is currently going on in a fast manner.

India invested about USD 500 million in the Kaladan project, which is carried out by both neighbouring countries.

Paletwa- Zorampu road is the last part of  Kaladan   project being carried out inside Myanmar. The contract for the 117-kilometer two-lane expressway was awarded to the Indian company named IRCON international limited.

"The road is being constructed in the western part of Rakhine State and it should be completed soon," stated the minister, but he did not clarify the time frame for its completion.

In addition to this, Sittwe port in Rakhine State will be made fully operational very soon. Once it becomes operational, it will improve connectivity and bilateral trade between India and Myanmar.

India's deputy external affairs minister RK Ranjan Singh opined earlier that the New Delhi sponsored Kaladan project was delayed due to the political turmoil in Myanmar.

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