Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport is a project in Mizoram envisioned to provide an outlet to and link the landlocked North East to Kolkata through Myanmar. The 87-kilometer highway projects seek to connect Lawngtlai in south Mizoram with Zorinpui on the India-Myanmar border. The project has missed the deadline for a third consecutive time in Mizoram. This time the project deadline was 30th December but it missed the deadline.
According to N. Sakhai, Deputy Commissioner, Lawngtlai, 75% of the projects are completed and it will be fully completed next year. The project began after the governments of India and Myanmar entered into a framework agreement in 2008. The current alternate route is narrow 'Chicken’s Neck' at Siliguri.
The officials working for a firm engaged in the construction of the highway cited many reasons for the slow progress. But among the factors that they identify, the vital reason is the long rainy season as the primary cause which has hindered completion of work in time. The workers can only work for five months between November and March and there have occasions when work had come to a grinding halt during the dry season as well.
The further delay of the project has been caused by the remoteness of the region in Mizoram where the project is being implemented which causes a delay in the supply of raw materials, fuel, and spare parts. It takes many weeks to arrange and assemble the labor force every year which is dispersed with the onset of the rains. About 2,700 employees including officials have been engaged in the project. There have been events when there was non-availability of raw materials.