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New Gateway ‘Kaladan Project’ Commercially and Strategically Important for India’s North East States

A total of 33 bridges are being constructed under the Kaladan Project, out of which 8 are being built in India and 25 are to be built in Myanmar. All these bridges belong to Class 70, meaning these bridges can easily transport Indian Army tanks, armored vehicles and other heavy equipment.

Kaladan Project (symbolic photo)

One of the biggest problems facing India for a long time is to somehow connect the states of North East with the whole country. But as much as it seems easy to speak, this work has been a milestone as well. In fact, the way of land to connect other cities of India to the North East states, it passes through the Siliguri Corridor of West Bengal (West Bengal). With this 22 km corridor, nothing much can be done. Continuously increasing pressure on this corridor from above has also started increasing problems.

However, in the midst of all these circumstances, a new silver lining that is being created is the “Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project” being built along the border of India and Myanmar. It will connect Mizoram in India with the Kaladan River from Myanmar’s Sittwe port and then by road. After the construction of this project, another alternative way will be found to connect the North East states of India with the rest of the country.

This 900-km project will connect the northeastern states with other states of India

The project is in total from Kolkata to Sittwe Port with a distance of 539 km, then a distance of 158 km from Sittwe to Paletwa in Myanmar via the Kaladan River and then 129 km via road to Mizoram, India. Will reach Joranpui. The 88 km road from Joranpui to India which will end at Longlai. In total, this entire 900-kilometer project will not only connect the northeast states of India with the rest of India through Myanmar, but will also spread the business to the rest of the world in this route.

Project is commercially and strategically important

This project is important in many respects in which business and strategic importance is the highest. Actually, the way of land to connect other cities of India to the North East states, it passes through the Siliguri Corridor of West Bengal. China has been eyeing this corridor of 22 kilometers for a long time and if this route is ever interrupted in future, India’s ground contact with the northeast will be completely cut off. In 2017, China’s action in Doklam further clarified its intention, that it is eyeing the Siliguri corridor, which is why it tried to take over the Chumbi Valley between India, Bhutan and China in Sikkim. .

The distance to reach Mizoram will be reduced by 1 thousand kilometers

India is also increasing its strategic importance through the Kaladan project, its example is a total of 33 bridges being built along this route, of which 8 are being built in India and 25 are to be built in Myanmar. All these bridges belong to Class 70, meaning that these bridges can easily transport Indian Army tanks, armored vehicles and other heavy equipment. After the completion of this project, the distance to reach Mizoram will be reduced by 1000 kilometers.

China wants to join Myanmar with itself through One Belt Project

But apart from all these things, there is another importance of this project is the diplomatic importance of this project. As a matter of fact, China has been strengthening its feet in Myanmar for a long time. For this, it also has an expansionist thinking, China wants it to reach the Indian Ocean via Myanmar. For this, he is also developing the port in Myanmar. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Myanmar in the beginning of 2020, the only hope of this visit was that the relationship with Myanmar could be further enhanced for the One Belt Project.

Even before China started its BRI project in 2013, it started connecting Myanmar with its ambitious project. From the year 2010, China had started the development of several economic zones near the Myanmar border. China wants to set up a pipeline of oil and gas pipelines in Myanmar so that its energy trade cannot be disturbed even after squabbling with other countries in the sea.

This project is helpful in keeping China in check

Economic cooperation in China Myanmar from 2019 to 2030 is to promote the fields of infrastructure, agriculture, transport, human resources, tankology and telecom. A 1700 km long project is to be built from China’s Greek city to Myanmar’s two largest economic centers, and China feels that if Myanmar’s economic and strategic cooperation with India increases, then it can cause problems for them. The project is really not only a new gateway for the states of North East but it is also necessary to rein in a country like China.

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Bhagyashree Soni
Bhagyashree Soni is a software engineer with soft writing skills. She is a degree holder from the International School of Entrepreneurial Leadership. She has been a state-level badminton champion and chess player. A woman with a forthright attitude enjoys her writing passion as her chosen career. Writing in the context of feminism, social-cause and entreprenurship is her forte.

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