Projects under the India's ‘Act East Policy’

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Projects under the India's ‘Act East Policy’

  • Unlike Look East which focussed on Economic Cooperation with ASEAN nations, Act East focuses on the extended neighborhood in Asia-Pacific and involves Security cooperation as well.

About Act East Policy

  • It aims at promoting economic cooperation, connectivity, trade cultural ties and developing a strategic relationship with countries in the Indo-pacific region.
  • It aims a proactive and pragmatic approach and thereby improving the economic development of the North Eastern Region (NER) which is a gateway to the South-East Asia Region.
  • AEP provides an interface between North East India including the state of Arunachal Pradesh and the ASEAN region.

Government Sanctioned Projects

Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project

  • The objective of the project is to provide an alternative connectivity to the North East Region from the Kolkata/Haldia port through Sittwe Port- Kaladan river.
  • By using waterway and Paletwa to Zorinpui by Road in Mizoram and provide an alternate route between the landlocked North-East and the rest of India.
  • The Ministry of External Affair is the nodal Ministry for implementation.
  • Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the Project Development Consultant (PDC) for this project.

Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWT&T)

  • North Eastern States are connected with eastern part of India through river Brahmaputra (NW-2) and river Barak (NW-16).
  • The Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) route has been under a Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWT&T) between India and Bangladesh since 1972.
  • Under this Protocol, Inland vessels / cruises of one country can ply on the designated waterway routes of another country.

Chattogram and Mongla Ports MoU with Bangladesh

  • It provides connectivity to Agartala (Tripura), Dawki (Meghalaya), Sutarkandi (Assam) and Srimantpur (Tripura) to Chattogram / Mongla Ports in Bangladesh.

Infrastructure projects on National Waterways in North Eastern Region (NER)

  1. Comprehensive Project for development of National Waterway (NW)-2
    • The salient features of the projects being taken up are development of navigable fairway with day and night navigation aids and terminals.
    • The development of NW-2 enables waterway connectivity of North East region with Kolkata/Haldia ports via Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route.
    • The major interventions under this project are:
      1. Construction of Jogighopa Terminal
      2. Alternative road to Pandu Port
      3. Ship repair facility at Pandu
      4. Construction of Tourist Jetties at Biswanathghat, Jogighopa, Pandu&Neamati.
  1. Comprehensive Project for development of NW-16 & IBP route
    • The development is being carried out with fairway maintenance and Least Available Depth (LAD) along with navigation aids.
    • Action for upgradation of Badarpur and Karimganj terminals including customs and immigration facility at Karimganj terminal has been initiated.
    • The major interventions under this project are:
      1. Construction of Terminal at Sonamura on Gumti river
      2. Construction of terminal at Maia on Ganga river
      3. Upgradation of Badarpur and Karimganj terminals.